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Middlesbrough’s top child model search returns

May 10, 2019

Middlesbrough’s only child model seacrh is back at Hillstreet Shopping Centre!

Hundreds turned up to enter their children into the Model Tots to Teens competition last year in collaboration with Mentor Model Agency, one of the UK’s leading child model agencies.

Entry is free and open to all from new-borns, toddlers and children up to, and including, 18-years-old.

One child from each of the four age categories (0-23 months, 2-5 and 6-13) will be chosen to be represented by Mentor for at least 12 months, which includes a portfolio photoshoot with digital images provided and displayed on the agency’s website.

Mentor Model Agency’s client list includes Boden, Mamas & Papas, Next, Silver Cross, Tomy, John Lewis, Very, F&F, Pretty Little Thing, Adidas, Footlocker & Franklin & Marshall.

Josephine Webster, company director at Mentor, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hillstreet Shopping Centre again to discover new modelling talent in Middlesbrough.

“The winners could go on to work with some of the most high-profile fashion brands in the industry.”

“Competitions like these are a great platform to start a modelling career but it’s also lots of fun.”

Model Tots to Teens is an initiative that was initially founded by another NewRiver REIT owned shopping centre in the South East, which annually attracts more than 2000 entrants across three weeks and Hillstreet Centre manager, Peter Drabble, is confident the competition will be a huge hit in Middlesbrough.

He said: “We are extremely excited for the return of Model Tots to Teens, which we anticipate to be just as popular, if not more popular, than last year. People can see the winners from last year which I think will be a huge draw.

“Our Kids Club events are always well attended and I think the fantastic prizes provided by Mentor Model Agency will attract a lot of entries once again.

“I am confident it will be a success, but the main thing as always is that people have fun.”

Those wishing to enter can bring their children to be photographed at the Hillstreet Centre on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May.

Entry is free and the photography will take place in the Centre Square, located in the middle of the mall.

For more information, head to the centre’s Facebook page @HillstreetShopping or visit

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