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Natalie Evans crack

When I met Natalie Evans for the first time she was in the middle of a photo shoot. She looked so natural in front of the camera that I thought she must have done this many times before, but her mum Shirley assured me that this wasn’t the case – apart from the original shoot in the Beechwood Shopping Centre, last September, and a couple of subsequent photo-shoots as a result for friends and employers.

I asked her how she came to enter – Natalie says she has no modelling ambitions even though at almost 5’8” with a figure to die for, she would be perfect – she simply saw a sign pointing to where the competition shoot was taking place – you could enter on the day - and Mum suggested they go and have a look. It was just a bit of fun, she said. She had never entered anything like this before and she never expected to win.

So when the call came (in fact it was an email Shirley informed me) to tell her that she had won the Editor’s Choice prize, she was really surprised and excited to be on the front cover of the January issue.

Natalie will be 18 in February and lives in Churchdown with her parents and 19 year old brother. She left Chosen Hill School at 16 to train as a hairdresser. It’s all she ever wanted to do. In fact she completed her ISA Young Apprenticeship hairdressing training alongside her GCSEs.

After school, Natalie trained with a couple of salons but now works full time as an apprentice at the prestigious Stuart Holmes Salon opposite the Town Hall. She has been there for six months and will qualify later this year. She loves it there and Stuart really looks after his apprentices, she told me.

However, she also wants to become a Special Constable in her spare time. Not sure how much spare time she will have, Shirley chipped in, as she also keeps a horse, an ex point-to-pointer which stands 16.1 hands. Natalie has to be down at the yard at 7.30 every morning and tries to ride every day if she can. She rarely gets home before 8pm most evenings when she is working.

But it’s not all work and Natalie likes to watch the X Factor and loves all types of music from chart hits to Dido and even some older stuff. She also likes to go shopping.

For the photo shoot she wore her favourite clothes – riding bottoms tucked into boots, a beige sweater and a waistcoat with a faux fur collar. The scarf, she told me, came from a charity shop. In fact, both Natalie and her mum admitted to being great fans of charity shops and love browsing for designer
bargains, as well as popping over to Gloucester Quays for a bit of retail therapy.

For the photo shoot Kerry Beaton at Stuart Holmes styled Natalie’s hair into a short crop cut and then coloured it blue-black with a red fringe. Her makeup was applied by Seline Edmonds at Absolute Beauty and the photographs were taken by John Moore of Two Front Teeth Portrait Photography in Cheltenham.
Natalie had a ‘fabulous time’ during the photo shoot and the editor, James Neal, was ‘delighted’ with the final image that is on the front cover.

“It was so relaxed, I really enjoyed myself and the cover image is really me, it captures my personality.”