MilliOnAir interactive Magazine June 2017 - Page 47


CLASSIC MODELS held an exclusive fashion show on 23rd May, only of the second of its kind hosted at London’s Ritz Hotel.

Samantha Tomlin, 44, is managing director of the agency, which she founded two years ago with fellow model Jana Forster. Classic Models represents those models over the age of 30 and champions the diversity that is so sadly lacking in the industry. " We are just so honoured to host our first show at this premier London hotel " said Samantha.

They wanted their first show to be small, but exclusive so they chose The Ritz to showcase several designers and unveil some of their top female bookings, including legendary model Jilly Johnson, the fabulous 63-year-old former model and actress who has not appeared on the catwalk for a decade.

Also strutting her stuff was Nicole Gibson, the transgender model who hit the headlines in recent years and trained many of the new models for the catwalk.

The evening was held in aid of The Samaritans and was sponsored by Vie Aesthetics. It started with a speech by media consultant Iain McCullum after which a minute’s silence was observed in memory of those killed in the Manchester bomb attack.

The audience, invited guests and others who generously paid £250 a ticket to aid the charity, included such celebrities as rock legend Marc Almond, Jilly's fellow band member Blonde on Blonde’s Nina Carter, Cowboy Builder and One Show presenter Dominic Littlewood.