Sheffield schoolgirl fronts model campaign

Imogen Parker, 16, from Sheffield, who has been put on the books at top model agency Select after being scouted at the Clothes Show Live.
Imogen Parker, 16, from Sheffield, who has been put on the books at top model agency Select after being scouted at the Clothes Show Live.
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When it comes to striking a pose, this Sheffield schoolgirl is a model pupil.

And now 16-year-old Imogen Parker has joined the likes of supermodels Agyness Deyn and David Gandy on the books of one of the UK’s top agencies.

Imogen Parker, 16, from Sheffield, who has been put on the books at top model agency Select after being scouted at the Clothes Show Live.

Imogen Parker, 16, from Sheffield, who has been put on the books at top model agency Select after being scouted at the Clothes Show Live.

The Sheffield High School pupil’s life was turned upside down last December, when she was scouted by talent-spotters from Select at the Clothes Show Live at Birmingham NEC.

Sporty Imogen, who lives in Ecclesall, was plucked from her group of friends during a school trip and invited to London for test shots.

She said: “I was just walking around with some friends and a girl came over and asked if I’d ever considered modelling, but it had never really even crossed my mind. They called me the next day.”

With a lofty 5ft 9in frame, long, flowing locks and just the right amount of teenage attitude she proved a natural in front of the camera.

Select, which represents hundreds of models and celebrities such as Kelly Brook and The Saturdays, signed Imogen up straight away.

Throughout the year the youngster, who is currently taking her GCSEs, has been working on her portfolio and attending castings.

But her biggest break came with being picked to head up the Clothes Show Live’s Bright Young Things campaign, championing new talent on the modelling scene. Her face will be splashed on promotional materials for the event, which takes place from December 6 to 10.

Susannah Hooker, of Select Models, said: “We are really happy with Imogen. She’s like a young Miranda Kerr. Imogen really stood out for us- her beauty really shone through in her first photo shoot and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Her parents, younger siblings Verity, 15, and Damien, 12 and friends have been a constant support to the teen during her whirlwind year.

She said: “I think I’m going to give modelling a try once I’ve finished my exams. Everyone has been very supportive. Some of my friends are more excited than I am!”

She might have her sights set on the runway, but there’s no sign of this Sheffield lass getting too caught up in the glamour of the industry.

Speaking of her own style, Imogen said: “I don’t know a lot of big designers - I prefer Topshop, Urban Outfitters and vintage shops.”