Leontine Bellizzi, 15, of Zurrieq, is the winner of the Campaign to Search for a Shout Fashion Model. The title means that Leontine, an aspiring model, was sent to London in December for a photo session which will be featuring in the fashion pages of the award-winning UK teen magazine.
Shout is a fortnightly magazine which sells an average of 84,000 copies in the UK and export markets, per issue. The Campaign to Search for a Shout Fashion Model was launched in September, giving any Maltese girl the one-time opportunity to get noticed and become a photo model for its fashion pages.
Out of the hundreds of applications for the title, Shout magazine short-listed 100 girls as semi-finalists. Once all the 100 girls were professionally photographed, 40 girls were again short-listed as finalists for the title. The first runner-up was Julia Cluett Cachia, 11, of Sliema, with Amy Zahra, 11, of Sliema placing third.
Leontine is 169cm tall, with hazel eyes and a confident, outgoing and bubbly personality. “My mum encouraged me to enter the competition, so I gave it a try because I really wanted to start a modelling career. When I arrived at the photoshoot in London, I was quite nervous – I didn’t know what was going to happen! But everyone was really nice and my confidence grew. Modelling for shout has been a dream come true and I hope to keep doing this in the future!”
Leontine travelled for the professional photo shoot in London with her mother Rita, on December 4th, 2009. All expenses were covered by Miller Distributors Limited, local distributors of Shout magazine and organisers of the search in Malta.
“We are very satisfied that we have been able to offer this opportunity for the third year in a row, which may open interesting horizons to girls with a passion for fashion,” said Emma Miller, Marketing Manager for Magazines at Miller Distributors Limited. “The very attractive number of applicants shows there is a demand for this kind of activity which makes us look forward to be in a position to keep on offering similar experiences in the future.”
The main sponsor for the Shout Fashion Model Search is Remington, a leader in professional haircare, shaving and grooming products. The campaign is also supported by The Phoenicia Hotel Floriana, Franks and Models.com. Official photographers were Ben Camille and Andrew Bugeja.