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Modelling Competition Finds 'Rural Chic' in Ashbourne

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

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A photography studio has completed its modelling competition to find the “Face of Ashbourne” and picked out two girls.

Brailsford-based Red Square Photography joined forces with town centre department store Bennetts of Ashbourne and The Lounge Hair and Beauty to identify a girl aged between 15 and 20 who is judged to have “rural chic”.

Esther Taylor, from Brailsford, was picked out as the new Face of Ashbourne and has won a Barbour jacket, a fashion photo shoot, a hair and make-up session, vouchers for treatments at The Lounge and a portfolio of pictures to keep.

Becki Evans, from Red Square Photography, said: “Esther can certainly rock a Barbour jacket and is happiest in her jeans and gillet making her the perfect choice for someone who represents Ashbourne’s rural chic.

“Esther can be found helping a local farmer with the ewes and lambs, loves cycling with her parents and sister around Tissington and Carsington Water, and is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She also finds time to play the saxophone and piano.

“Esther is a worthy winner of our competition, she is proud of her town and involved in her community and of course, looks absolutely gorgeous in our winner’s photo shoot.” A runner-up was also chosen after judges found it hard topick through the high standardof entries. 18- year-old student Becky Dykes was also given gift vouchers as part of her prize.

Becki said: “We didn’t expect the judging to be quite so difficult with all the wonderful entries we received. We found it so difficult that we simply had to have a very close runner-up too.

“Becky Dykes stood out to all of us because of her lovely personality, which shone through in her application.

At just 18 Becky is a farmer in her own right and never happier than when she’s surrounded by her Dexter cattle, sheep, horses and hens.

“She is currently studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management at Hartpury College.

Again, Becky is a perfect representative of the down to earth style of a contemporary market town.”

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