Next Top Models! Trio Win Contracts in Contest

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Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN

A GOOD looking Teesside trio scooped top prizes in a popular modelling competition in Stockton.

For two weeks nearly 2,000 individuals had their photos taken in the Castlegate Shopping Centre's pounds 10,000 model-making promotion.

Stunning Savanah Lievaart, 16, from Middlesbrough, won the 16-25 year old female age group with 21-year-old Behnam Esmaelyan, from Billingham, winning the equivalent male age group.

Macie Hellon, three, from Middlesbrough, took top prize in the children's six weeks to four years age group. All three win a potentially life-changing modelling contract with AM Model Agency, a portfolio of pictures courtesy of 2020 Creative Image and a large canvas print to commemorate their moment of triumph.

Behnam, an apprentice at Corus, Redcar, was put forward for the competition by a friend.

"He used to say to me 'You should go for these things', but I never believed in myself," he said. "I just couldn't believe I won. It's a great opportunity."

Savanah, who is studying travel and tourism at Middlesbrough College, said she was thrilled to win as modelling was something she had thought about. …