Role Models: Courage On The Catwalk Runaway Success


Local charity and support group Friends of Anchor came up with an ingenious way to raise funds and awareness:  they decided to hold a fashion show with models who survived a cancer diagnosis.  Suzanne Kelly covered this event for Aberdeen Voice and found it one of the most uplifting and inspirational events held in our area for quite some time.


Courage Style and Real Beauty on the Catwalk

Friends of Anchor decided to put on a fashion show to raise funds – but not just any fashion show.


The women would be community members who had been diagnosed with cancer and overcame it with help from the Anchor Unit.

The call for models received an overwhelming response; it was only a pity that only 24 could be selected.

After months of fittings and rehearsals, these amazing women took to a catwalk erected in The Beach Ballroom.

The ticket demand was beyond organisers’ dreams – all tables sold out quickly, and demand hadn’t abated:  they had to open the balcony for seating without food service for both the afternoon tea and evening dinner shows.  All tickets were taken.



A raffle was held; and a tombola-style ‘tree of indulgence’ was hung with 500 tickets, some linking to fabulous prizes.  The organisers hoped to sell most of the tickets by the time the evening show concluded:  in the end, all these tickets were snapped up at the afternoon show.


The table was laid for afternoon tea in a beautiful style; the food was delicious.  The clothing on show had something to offer every size and age of woman.

Stalls around the room sold a variety of goods.  But all this paled in comparison to the models.

Each gave a brief description of their individual situation in the programme; several were featured in video vignettes showing how they dealt with their problems, how their friends and family were on hand to help, and how the Anchor Unit provided personal, state-of-the art health services geared to the needs of each individual.


Model Laura Atkinson lights up the room

There were older women; younger women; a pregnant woman, and one particularly courageous woman, Laura, who was still being treated at the unit.  She first took to the catwalk without wearing a wig (like many if not most, her hair had fallen out during treatment).  She was radiant.


There were casual outfits, wedding and evening clothes.  The women were given the warmest of welcomes from the crowd, which seemed to clap nonstop.  Their attitudes to their medical problems marked them out as extraordinary people; it was really an honour to have been there.

Speeches were made by charity patron Jimmy Milne of Balmoral Group and the Lord Provost.  Sarah-Jane Milne and Sandra McIntosh of Total were also speakers; it was announced that the afternoon event had made £39,000+ – the target for afternoon and evening events, with all proceeds going directly to the charity with no overheads to pay.

The models were:  Ashlea Corvelle, Christina Farquhar, Dawn Laird, Erica Matthew, Fiona Vass, Gail Roberts, Joan Cordier, Joanna Strathdee, Judith Logan, Judy Alexander, Julia Riddoch, Kathleen Haw, Katrina Farquhar, Kay Sowerby, Laura Atkinson, Laura Brackenridge, Lesley Anne Yeates, Llynda Johnston, Mary McLean, Nikki Dunn, Norma Ben Tebr, Patricia Beckett, Rebecca Grant, and Tricia Howden.

For the finale, all the models came out and joined the audience. Moments later everyone was up and dancing and/or congratulating the models on a brilliant show.  This event was a huge and happy success story, and hopefully will become an annual event.

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World’s Most Famous Supermodels

Long time no see .. haa? Or better said, long time no read. Well, we have taken a few days break for shopping, but now we are back! The fashion world is waiting!
So far we wrote about great designers and their collections, but it’s time to mention the beautiful girls who represent their clothing and everything fashion. They are not just hangers, they are not just objects, they are gorgeous and confident women who rule the fashion world. I’m sure that you know them all, enjoy!!
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Beautiful American supermodel was born in 1973 in LA, California. She start modeling when she was 17 and she has built an enviable career not only as a model, but also as an actress and television presenter. This woman is just perfect and she knows it.
Adriana was born in 1981 in Brazil. At sixteen she moved to New York and signed with Elite Model Management. She is probably best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret.


German supermodel was born in 1973. Her first modeling jobs were in Hamburg, then in Paris and Milan. Heidi has been on the cover of fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. She became known for her cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and her work with Victoria’s Secret as an “Angel”. She is married to an English singer Seal and has 4 children.
Gorgeous British model was born in 1970 in London, UK. She started her career in the 1980s and soon became successful. Naomi was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, and French and British Vogue.
Kate Moss is a British model born in 1974. She was discovered when she was only 14 in New York. She is known for her party lifestyle and crazy relationships. She was on the cover of the British, American, Italian, Australian Vogue and other great magazines. Her most famous campaigns were for Gucci, D&G, LV, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Missoni, Longchamp, Dior, YSL, Burberry, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein Jeans.
Gisele is a Brazilian model born in 1980. She is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Gisele has been on the covers of many top fashion magazines including W, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Allure, Vogue. She worked with Balenciaga, Bulgari, Celine, Chloe, Christian Dior, D&G, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Ipanema… She has been one of the highest-paid model in the world.
Cindy was born in 1966 in USA. She was discovered when she was 16 years old. During the 80′s and 90′s she was one of the most popular supermodels. Karl Lagerdfeld once said: “She is a classical beauty and the all-American dream girl.”


German model was born in 1970. She became very successful after Karl Lagerfeld chose her for the new face of Chanel. She was on the cover of many magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vanity Fair, i-D, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone… Claudia worked with Gianfranco Ferre, Versace, Guess, Iceberg, Marc Jacobs shoes, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Victoria’s Secret.


Australian model was born in 1964 in Sydney. She was discovered when she was 18 and soon became a staple of Elle magazine. Her nickname is “The Body”. She worked for Christian Dior, Guy Laroche, H & M, Omega watches, Victoria’s Secret…


Linda is a Canadian model born in 1965. She started modeling when she was only 12 years old. Later she moved to NYC and signed with Elite Model Management. She was one of the most popular models of the 80′s and 90′s. She worked with Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Chloe, CD, D& G, Donna Karan, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Versace, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Versace, YSL…

Inspirational Model- Natalia Vadianova


I get a bit teary every time I talk about the heartwarming story of Natalia Vadianova .
In case you don’t know who Natalia Vadianova is, she is a Russian born model who has achieved tremendous successes as a runway, editorial and advertising campaign model.
It all started in 1982 when Natalia was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She lived with her mom, her mom’s abusive boyfriend and two half sisters in very underprivileged conditions. At the age of 11 she was already helping her mom to sell fruits on the street.
In an attempt to help her family and break free from such horrific conditions, Natalia, along with many other young girls in her town, joined a modeling academy that was just opened in her city. One day during a casting an agent from France took an interest in her. However, since she didn’t speak a word of English he gave her an ultimatum to learn as much English as she can in 3 months, as it was part of the contract she would be signing.  Being a very determined young girl Natalia didn’t waste time and did her best in that given time.  All her efforts were appreciated and she successfully signed a deal with Viva Agency. As a result, she ended up moving to Paris at the age of 17. Soon after her modeling career took off she met  Justin Trevor Berkeley Portman, a British real estate heir  and soon after they got married.  The couple has three children- Lucas, Neva, Viktor.
Starting a family didn’t stop her from continuing her modeling career.  She has done it all, from Vogue covers to big-name fashion shows.