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Eden’s Search: A Friendly Battle

20 finalists performing brilliantly to entertain Eden's shoppers as part of Autumn Fashion Show
Nat revealed that his part in the competition was a total shock as his mum signed him up as a surprise!

Eden’s search for 2014’s newest top models has crowned two new winners. The final was a fiercely fought but friendly battle, with all 20 finalists performing brilliantly to entertain Eden’s shoppers as part of the centre’s annual Autumn Fashion Show.

After strutting their stuff on the catwalk, Eden’s top model winners were Nat Green and Vanessa Ndlovu. Nat (17), from Loudwater, High Wycombe, is a student at Bourne End Academy studying for a BTEC diploma in sport and football. Nat revealed that his part in the competition was a total shock as his mum signed him up as a surprise! “I had no idea that Mum had entered my photo into the competition until it was put on Eden’s website and people started to vote. Mum’s feeling pretty pleased with herself right now! I’ve done a bit of modelling in the past, once when I was 6 or 7 and once for a Diabetes UK event, but nothing like this. I really enjoyed the day and I’m looking forward to doing the photo shoot.”

Vanessa is originally from Southend, and is now studying Performing Arts for Film and Stage at Bucks New University. The third year student (21) entered the competition after her friend convinced her to send in her photo. “My friend called me and persuaded me to enter and I agreed but didn’t think I had a chance of winning! She came with me to the final as well, and helped me pick out my outfit. I was so nervous walking on the catwalk for the first time, but then relaxed and really enjoyed it. I still can’t believe I’ve won – I can’t wait to do the photo shoot, it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Nat and Vanessa both walked away with goody bags crammed with amazing prizes including a £100 Eden gift card, a year’s gym membership at Eden’s Anytime Fitness, a photo shoot, a meal at popular Eden eatery Frankie and Benny's, a box of doughnuts from Krispy Kreme, a cut & finish from Rush and free tickets to the Centre’s cinema and bowling attractions.