Hitting the catwalk for cancer

Local people will be transformed into runway models for one night only at a Sheffield charity event.

Thursday, 11th January 2018, 10:04 am
Updated Thursday, 11th January 2018, 10:05 am
Runway Idol

Castings for Runway Idol will kick off on January 21 at Hillsborough Stadium ahead of the event – a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK – due to be held in August.

Organiser James Clarke insists he is on the lookout for ‘everyday’ people to take to the catwalk for the show, as well as those interested in launching a modelling career.

“There are going to be some industry bigwigs there on the night, so it would be a great opportunity for someone interested in breaking into that arena, but my priority is personality and individuality,” said James.

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“I’d be excited to find some everyday people with plenty of confidence and give them the opportunity to shine.”

James, of Worksop, is an event planner by profession, and has already held a number of high-profile events in the north, including Worksop’s Got Talent, which he launched in 2016, raising nearly £14,000 so far.

His events have earned him an entrepreneur award, and even an invite to the Queen’s annual garden party at Buckingham Palace.

“I chose to support Cancer Research UK with this event, as it’s something that affects and connects everyone,” said James, aged 22.

“I want this event to shine a light on local talent, as well as raising funds for a really worthy cause.”

The castings will be held monthly in the run-up to the August show, and will be judged by some of the industry’s biggest names, including male model Sam Reece, and leading fitness photographer, Alex Wightman. Castings will include an interview with the judging panel, a mini photoshoot with a photographer, and a costume change into beach gear, which will be the theme of the summer charity show.

Ten males and 10 females will then be selected from all the applicants to take part in the final show.

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