Aspiring model and former Lloydminster resident, Angela Sutherland, will be representing Canada at the Top Model Worldwide 2015 in London, England this coming March. The event offers various titles and awards to up-and-comers and is the only model search of its kind that raises money for charity.
Every dollar donated in Sutherland’s name goes to Children with Cancer U.K. and counts as one vote toward the Public Vote Choice award, the only award at the event decided by the public.
“If you go to topmodel.com and you look under the finalists, you’ll see my name and information and you can vote right from there,” she said.
Sutherland made her application for the model search last November, where she was then put on a shortlist, and in January she was notified that she was chosen to participate. Now she’ll be off to the U.K. for a week, where she says she will be trained by some of the best professionals in the industry.
With a lifelong dream of being in entertainment, Sutherland has been focusing on the modelling side of things for about a year now. She currently lives in Hope, B.C., and has been doing work for designers and photographers in the province to help build her portfolio.
Having now made it to Top Model Worldwide, she said she feels blessed and excited to see the inside of the modelling world.
“(It’s) so amazing, it’s like a dream come true. It’s more than I could ever have imagined,” she said. “I’m really honoured to have the chance to represent Canada.”
“It’s kind of scary,” she added with a laugh.
Nervousness aside, it’s the feelings of empowerment and self-confidence that drew Sutherland to the profession. Performing since she was three years old, her family owns Studio Encore Dance Centre, and Sutherland said entertaining is just something she grew up with.
“It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do and I never gave up.”
As a finalist she needed to find a “place sponsorship” to help secure her grand final spot and assist the event’s charity fundraising. She partnered with 293 Wallace Street Restaurant in Hope, but could still use additional support.
“I’m looking for other people to help me and sponsor me,” said Sutherland. “Anybody can sponsor me and help me out in getting there.”
Sutherland has set up a “go fund me” site to help with her expenses. People can donate at the following link, http://www.gofundme.com/la8nwc