A CUMBERNAULD teenager is balancing the demands of her studies with a fledgling career as a model.
Balloch lass Emily Jones attends Greenfaulds High School but has been undertaking both catwalk and commercial work after landing on the books of Superior Model Management in Glasgow.
Emily is just 15 but already stands at five foot 10 inches tall and has modelled for fashion company D2.
Before our photocall she had showcased designs by Glasgow Caledonian University students at their annual catwalk extravaganza.
Already Emily is turning heads but she nearly knocked back her big break after being approached by a scout from the agency last June while attending the Miss Scotland event. “At first I said no but when I got home I looked up the website and I changed my mind,” said Emily who is inspired by style icons such as Emma Watson and Sophie Dahl.
“I am glad I did because I do enjoy it and I have made a lot of new friends too.’’
She stresses however that she is aware of the hard and fast rules which exist in this exacting set up.
“If you don’t like what is being done to your hair, you don’t talk back. You can sit for up to two hours as someone does your hair and you can’t complain!” she said.
“I also have to carry a ‘model kit’ around with me with different types of shoes and clothes – they don’t provide this so I always have to have them with me when I’m working.”
Walking the walk used by catwalk stars is something Emily learned in three sessions from a retired model who has given her tips on how to pose.
But when she’s not modelling all Emily does is study.
“I am really interested in history and I would like to study this in future – we’ll have to see how it goes,” she said.
Emily’s mum Anita, who acts as her chaperone on jobs, had sensibly voiced fears that the agency might not be altogether reputable – but had her mind put at rest after chatting to staff.
Said Anita: “I know that it’s not like America’s Next Top Model and that Emily won’t be asked to do anything she is uncomfortable with.
“I am happy for Emily to keep on doing this – as long as she is happy doing it.”