LOVELY Natalie O’Leary is South Cheshire’s Face of 2010.
Fine-featured Natalie, an 18-year-old student who loves drama and dancing, eclipsed 17 other contestants in a selection gala at upmarket Crewe Hall last week.
Natalie pipped 17-year-old student Katie Turner into second place with sporty 19-year-old waitress Marlyn Messam just a whisker behind.
The judging panel, which included Pete Jones, manager of Sainsbury’s in Nantwich, and Amanda Callus, the proprietor of Eden Lingerie in Nantwich, deliberated long and hard before announcing their decision.
The competition, organised from start to finish by Steve Burgin, proprietor of the eponymous hairdressing salons in Nantwich and Lichfield, also attracted seven entries for the male Face of 1010.
Banker Lee Allmark – the rugby- playing boyfriend of one of the contestants – took the title with his rugged Action Man looks.
He was closely followed in second place by 24-year-old brickie Anthony Jones, who likes to work-out in the gym and the swimming pool and enjoys snow-boarding.
In third place, with a vocal fan base in the auditorium, was popular 17-year-old South Cheshire College student Jordan Carson-Lee.
The two winners hope their victories catapult them into successful careers in the world of modelling.
One of their main prizes among a large clutch of fine goodies is a professional photo shoot by fashion photographer Peter Wormleighton.
A professionally-shot portfolio, which costs four figures, is a key stepping stone for aspiring models wanting to cash in on their striking good looks.
The photo shoots are courtesy of Schwarzkopf, the event’s main sponsor. The cosmetics giant has also provided a range of goodies for the winners and runners up.