Model Search winner banned by dad as youngster

Model Search winners Viola Marx and Daneel Minev. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Model Search winners Viola Marx and Daneel Minev. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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SHE is set to become a new face of fashion in Scotland – and the winner of our search for the Capital’s catwalk stars of the future has said she was banned from modelling as a youngster.

Viola Marx and Daneel Minev have both been celebrating after they saw off competition from more than 100 entrants to be named the winners of Model Search 2013.

Psychology student Viola, 23, dazzled a panel of expert judges at the final in the Assembly Rooms, securing a contract with world famous Glasgow-based agency, The Model Team. And today she revealed her concerned father had stopped her modelling when she was a girl.

She said: “I was interested in modelling when I was younger but my dad was very sceptical about it – he thought it might be a bit dodgy.

“My mum wanted to take me to a fun event but I was never allowed to try anything out in that direction. Now I’ve been able to do it on my own terms.”

Viola, who celebrated her win at a swing night, added: “A friend of mine used to model in London. She tagged me in a Facebook post for the Model Search competition and suggested that I enter it.

“I had already done a couple of photo shoots after a model pulled out, but they weren’t paid for – they were just a bit of fun. But I really enjoyed it, I found it really interesting.”

Possessing brains as well as beauty, Viola plans to complete a PHD in maternal foetal communication.

Originally from Frankfurt and now living in Musselburgh, she runs a mobile photo studio for mothers and their unborn babies, BellyBabies, with her boyfriend Steven Savage, 26.

But she revealed that should an opportunity to model full time come her way, it would be a consideration.

“I felt great when I woke up this morning and it had all sunk in,” she said.

“The whole thing has lifted my spirits and I’ve got so much motivation from it.”

Viola was selected as the winner of the girls group by judges Cath Owen, operations manager at world famous agency Model Team, Rochelle Burgess, general manager at the St James Centre and Multrees Walk, entrepreneur and former model Fiona Best, owner of Catwalk Productions and Events, and Angus Purden, presenter of Postcode Challenge and a former Mr Scotland.

And in the boys group it was 19-year-old Daneel Minev from Priestfield, a computer science and biology student at the University of St Andrews, who caught their eye.

Daneel, whose mother is Russian and father is from Bulgaria, said: “I got into the contest after I got a call from the Model Team. I thought I would go for it and get a bit of experience. I wouldn’t do modelling for a career, but while I’m young and fresh faced, why not?”

Both winners walked away with a raft of prizes including styling and treatments at Sassoon Hair Salon and tickets for The Lion King with a two-night stay at The Place Hotel.

The competition was raising money for the charity Cash for Kids which helps disadvantaged children in need.