Catwalk queen Alex

FROM winning Miss Sunderland to modelling couture fashion, Alexandra Devine is loving every minute of her year as the city's top beauty queen.

She's taken part in a number of photoshoots and charity events since winning the Miss Sunderland title in May.

Now the 19-year-old has dipped her toe into the world of high fashion, modelling the creations of avant-garde designer Angy Morton.

Angy's unusual creations for her label Romantique Couture include transforming football kit designs into elegant evening garments.

She explained: "With the Stolen Dreams collection I tackled a very unusual subject which you don't see too often.

"It's a bit of a taboo subject to touch a strip, but it allowed me to combine my two passions of football and fashion.

"I spotted Alex in the casting and she did a great job. It can sometimes be very difficult to wear couture fashions."

Alex, who won a contract with AM Models as part of her beauty pageant prize, has undertaken a number of assignments since winning the title including gracing the front cover of Accent magazine.

"I am loving every minute of winning Miss Sunderland. I want to continue modelling while I do my university studies.

"Hopefully I can prove that you can have brains as well as beauty, " explained Alex, who is juggling her Miss Sunderland role with studying psychology at Manchester University. Alex, originally from Millfield, won the coveted Miss Sunderland title earlier this year after wowing judges at the final held at the Stadium of Light.

It was the first time in a number of years that the title had been held in the city, but organisers brought the contest back with a bang.

Now they are gearing up for next year's battle of the beauties and will be launching Miss Sunderland 2010.

In honour of the contest's chosen charity, Help for Heroes, the launch will take place at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

l To read about the launch and how you can become Miss Sunderland 2010, buy Wednesday's Echo.