Sunderland beauty hopes to celebrate birthday by winning Top Model competition

Vicilei Brand is competing in the grand final of Top Model 2016 in London.

Vicilei Brand is competing in the grand final of Top Model 2016 in London.

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A Sunderland model is hoping to celebrate her birthday in style today as she takes part in a national grand final.

Vicilei Brand, who has turned 25, is competing in Top Model 2016, which is taking place at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

I’m really excited, as the opportunities are amazing going forward from this show

Vicilei Brand

Because of her birthday, she is placed in the over-25 section of the natural beauty category.

Should she be successful in the competition this weekend, Vicilei – who is a director of Wearside-based energy brokerage company We Switch Ltd – could win a major modelling contract and the chance to travel the world modelling.

She said: “I’ve been modelling for more than three years now all over the UK, and this is the biggest show I’ve been part of.

“I’m really excited, as the opportunities are amazing going forward from this show.

“Day-to-day, I’m a director at We Switch Ltd, which is going absolutely amazingly well, and all of my hard work and efforts are focused on that.

“My modelling doesn’t get in the way, though, as I work them around each other.” Vicilei has already secured one major bit of work, as she will be part of a music video with an internationally-known artist.

The video will be shot in London on April 17, while Vicilei is also involved in fitness modelling.

She added: “This competition is very intense, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

“I class modelling as more of a hobby, and I’m also into my fitness as well, so after this competition I’ll do a lot of fitness modelling.

“I’m taking part in a fitness modelling competition, the MW Classic, in November.”