FARMER’S boy James Stubley is a rising star in the modelling field.
For the 21-year old from the Isle, who grew up on his parents’ arable farm, has beaten hundreds of hopefuls in a prestigious competition.
Former Hill House School pupil James is among the final 12 in the male category of the Top Model UK competition, and will appear at a grand London final in April.
He began his modelling career after being ‘spotted’ by a scout almost two years ago in Manchester.
“My family is amazed at all this,” said James, who has also continued to train as a dental technician.
“I was approached by an agency spotter who told me I had a distinctive look. I went on to join the agency and have never looked back.”
He continued: “I’ve now got my own manager and my weekends are increasingly taken up with modelling assignments. I’m amazed I got through to the final 12 in Top Model UK. It’s exciting!” James even has a part in a forthcoming BBC documentary, on the subject of eating habits...he is passionate about keeping fit, he says, and keeps his 6ft 1in frame in peak form. “My parents are stunned that I’m following this line of work and say they don’t know where my looks have come from,” laughed James. “They have a farm in Crowle and never go to London. Neither my brother or sister are like me either - my brother’s really happy doing farming.
“I’m just an ordinary lad and the Top Model UK competition is huge. Thousands entered and casting was over five days in London. We are having special catwalk training and so on just to be in the final in April. It’s at the Hilton Metropole and it’s a glittering show, not just a competition. I’m nervous but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Top Model UK is in its seventh year and raises bumper sums for charity. Judges throughout the competition are industry professionals, and top designers dress all the eventual finalists.