Charity shop worker in top model final

March 01 2015

A charity shop assistant has made it to the finals of a nationwide top model search, taking place in London this March.

Emily Ball

A charity shop assistant has made it to the finals of a nationwide top model search, taking place in London this March.
Emily Ball, 21, from Chipping Sodbury is used to sorting clothing donations and creating window displays at her job in the St Peter’s Hospice shop in Yate. But now Emily will be modelling clothes herself as she takes part in the leading model search competition, Top Model UK.
Having already competed against hundreds of girls for a place in the final, Emily will be judged in the Commercial category against 27 other models from across the country, at a glittering finale taking place at the Hilton Metropole, London on 13 March.
Emily, who studied fashion and photography at Southampton University, said: “It has been such a great experience to take part in the competition already, we’ve been given professional advice and catwalk training and I’m so excited to have made it to the finals.
“I only really stumbled across the competition on Facebook and thought I might as well send an application in with some photos. After that I was asked to go to an audition in London where we had Polaroids taken and did a swimwear catwalk. At that point there were
around 60 of us left before the judges eventually whittled it down to around 20 and we were told we would be in the final – I was over the moon!
“The final is going to be great fun; there are three rounds, the first of which is a self-styled lingerie or swimwear catwalk and then after that we will be styled by representatives from London Fashion Week, which I’m really looking forward to.
“It’s definitely going to be a bit of a change from my day job at the St Peter’s Hospice shop!”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
“Whether I win or lose the Top Model competition I plan to stay at the hospice shop for the near future and then move on to something else in the fashion
industry. Modelling full-time would be amazing but I understand how difficult it is so I’m also looking at other opportunities.”
Victoria Canavan, St Peter’s Hospice shop area manager said: “It is fantastic that Emily is through to the finals of such a huge and prestigious competition. We are very proud of her efforts and have our fingers crossed for her on the day. Although we don’t want to lose her expert eye to the modelling world, perhaps she would come back and model for us one day.”
To vote for Emily in the Charity Public Vote category, which raises money for Children with Cancer, visit
For more information on the work of St Peter’s Hospice visit