As they confidently look down the lens of Scott Spock’s camera for these striking shots, you’d never know that teenagers Rachel Crago and Ethan Temple had never modelled before.
But the two winners of our Face of 2018 modelling competition proved they had what it takes to cut it in the fashion industry at our winners’ shoot.
Our team of fashion and beauty experts pulled out all the stops to stage this glamorous shoot at new venue The Palm in Hylton Riverside, which formed part of our winners’ prize.
Earlier this year we teamed up with experts from across the region to find one girl and one boy with a natural, quirky look to take home our Face of 2018 crowns and the team say they were delighted with how the winning pair performed at their first ever shoot.
Teasing their tresses was celebrity hairdresser Neville Ramsay and his assistant Max Thomas while make-up artist Amanda Bell worked her magic with her cosmetics.
They posed for photos by Scott Spock Photography while modelling clothes provided by Topshop and Topman at the Bridges.
Neville, who’s styled hair for the likes of Jodie Kidd, Sting and editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour, said: “Rachel and Ethan have been so professional. This is the first time in front of the camera for both of them, but they’ve shown the perfect attitude.
“It’s not just about posing for photos, there’s been a big team for them to work with today, with hair, styling and make-up, which can be quite intimidating but they’ve never faulted and have been really flexible with what they’ve been asked to do.
“I think they have a good chance of being signed with an agency in the future. Rachel has this really beautiful, natural look that would work really well in a make-up campaign, while Ethan has this really edgy-quirky look, which is very editorial.”
As well as a portfolio from the winners’ shoot, Rachel, 16, from Hall Farm, and Ethan, 19, from Silksworth, have won hair products from Milkshake and hair styling from Neville; a make-up session with Amanda at her studio in Norton, Stockton; a £100 gift card each from Bridges shopping centre and a consultation with Terry Savalas of Savalas Models.
Amanda, who’s worked on various fashion shows, including London Fashion Week, said: “They completely fulfilled the brief of finding people with a natural and individual look.
“The look we went for with Rachel was very modern, youthful and expensive looking, but she’s so versatile. She has really open features, big eyes, great cheekbones and a well-defined jawline. It’s a dream bringing looks to life with her, because she can look luxurious, or more English rose. I can’t believe how well both of them have done today.”
Korinne from Scott Spock Photography said: “They’ve really trusted the team who’s transformed them for the shoot. They look amazing and the images are phenomenal.
“They’ve clearly done their research as they didn’t need much direction, but the direction we gave them they took well, which is really important in the fashion industry. “
Samantha Czwordon-Auld, marketing manager from Bridges Sunderland, who provided clothes from Topshop and Topman, said: “I’m so happy for Rachel and Ethan, they’re such deserving winners. They both have such great identities.
“I loved chatting to Amanda, the Spocks and Neville about the look they wanted to create for the shoot and was delighted to be asked to do the styling. I knew Neville would do his trademark big ‘80s curls, so I needed statement clothes to match the statement hair, and also outfits that worked with the strong décor at The Palm.”
Ethan, who is studying a Btec in public services at Sunderland College, said: “This was a brand new experience for me.”
It was Ethan’s mum who entered him into the competition after spotting it in the Echo, but he says the competition has given him a new-found confidence. “I will 100 per cent take something from today,” he said. “It’s given me more confidence to pursue this in the future, and given me so much insight into the industry.”
Rachel, who is studying travel and tourism at Sunderland College, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. It felt weird at first having all these people focused on me, but then I got used to it and started to feel more relaxed and confident in front of the camera. My mam suggested I entered so I gave it a go, but I never thought I’d get this far. It’s been amazing.”
More on how we discovered our Faces of 2018 here.
Photography and styling: Scott Spock Photography
Hair: Neville Ramsay and Max Thomas
Make-up: Amanda Bell
Clothes and styling: Topshop and Topman at Bridges Shopping Centre
Shoes, rings and glasses: Stylist’s own
Location: Tropicuba at The Palm, Sunderland