Denaby baby model hopes for pageant success

Modelling baby, 16-month-old Lucas Kennedy Marsden
Modelling baby, 16-month-old Lucas Kennedy Marsden

Meet 16-month-old Lucas Kennedy Marsden from Denaby Main.

At a time when other tots his age are getting to grips with crayons, he is getting to grips with cameras.

His striking blond hair and brown eyes have seen him signed up by two model and talent agencies, and he is also due to compete in his first pageant at the weekend.

Lucas will take part in the Once Upon A Christmas Sparkle, Winter Wonderland pageant, which is being held in Liverpool on Saturday.

He is signed Sara’s Stars Model and Talent Agency to Ora Casting Agency.

Proud mum, Kimberley Westgarth, said: “I was initially only interested in modelling for Lucas, but once I started doing some research on the Internet I quickly found out that many child models in the UK take part in pageants to increase their confidence and gain experience on stage.”

The 29-year-old said she was also pleased to find out children often raise lots of money and awareness for various charities by taking part in pageaents.

“Lucas’ grandfather was diagnosed with dementia in 2007 so Lucas will be raising funds for Dementia UK, as well as other charities.

“He loves his grandparents and shouts for them. He loves going to visit them,” said Kimberley.

Kimberley, who plans to return to work as a carer in the community, said she will teach Lucas the importance of charity and helping in the local community when he gets older.

Lucas is a sweet little boy and he just loves being around people. He is a natural in front of the camera and if his modelling and pageant involvement can help raise the profile of Dementia UK then I can happily handle any criticism that may come our way,” she said.

Lucas has recently raised money for national autism society, the chosen charity of the Once Upon a Christmas Sparkle pageant, by holding raffles and selling cupcakes.

She also plans to organise other charity events to help raise money for the charity, such as raffles and family fun days.

Kimberley signed Lucas up to the modelling agencies after numerous members of the public told her he was beautiful and insisted he should be a model.

At the pageant, he will compete other boys around his age in three rounds, formal wear, outfit of choice and theme wear. He will not expected to do a routine as he is too young.

Lucas has even attracted the attention of local retailers, Ashlea’s Kidz and Summer Jays Hair and Beauty, both in Conisbrough. Ashlea’s Kidz provides Lucas with clothes, while Summer Jay’s Hair and Beauty provies haircuts.

To find out more about the charity events Kimberley is planning, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Lucas-kennedy-charity-events/718384224910132?fref=ts