South Yorkshire model looking good for career behind the camera

Mirror, mirror: Katherine Oliver worked as a model for Company magazine. '       Picture: Steve Taylor.
Mirror, mirror: Katherine Oliver worked as a model for Company magazine. ' Picture: Steve Taylor.
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Teenage model Katharine Oliver may have made it onto the pages of a leading women’s magazine - but in future she wants to pursue a career behind the camera instead.

The Doncaster sixth-former with quirky looks was selected from 3,000 other girls to take part in a modelling session for the latest edition of Company, and features in a double-page fashion spread with River Island in the May issue.

But despite being ‘absolutely thrilled’ by her success, 18-year-old Katharine, from Sykehouse, is not planning to make modelling her full-time career.

She has already been accepted onto a journalism degree course at Sunderland University when she leaves school after completing her A-levels this summer.

And her exposure in the magazine has led to an offer to do work experience at Company during the second year of her course.

Katharine, who has been an avid reader of the monthly magazine throughout her teens, decided to enter the Company Casting Call competition and was delighted when she was invited to London for the shoot.

She was photographed modelling this season’s ‘hero piece’ - the skater skirt - with a small shot on the front cover and the bigger spread inside.

The May issue is officially a model-free zone, with real girls taking over the fashion and beauty pages of the magazine.

Speaking about her experience, Katharine said: “It was such a fantastic day and the shoot was so much fun!

“One of my fave outfits was the shirt, bow and Converse as it was cute and quirky – totally my style! I can’t wait to buy the skirt when it hits the shops.”

Her mum, Joone, said she was ‘thrilled’ to be chosen to go to London with her elder sister, Mhairi, for the shoot.

“She has done photoshoot work at college before because her funky hair is popular with the photography students. She’s good on both sides of the camera but she really wants to be a fashion journalist.

“This has been quite a good experience for her but she is more keen to be behind the camera rather than in front of it.”

Company magazine has worked with River Island for the past four years to host the Company Casting Call.

“We search for girls with unique cool style who are comfortable in their own skin, clearly love fashion and are relaxed in front of the camera.

“This isn’t about finding models, it’s about real girls with fabulous street style who inspire us,” said a magazine spokesman.

“To enter the competition, girls just uploaded their image to the Company Casting Call gallery on the River Island website - we were inundated with over 8,000 entrants, so Katharine has done exceptionally well.”

Katharine and four others were chosen from over 3,000 competing readers to star in the Street Style campaign.