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Strutting her stuff: Alice Sinclair

Strutting her stuff: Alice Sinclair

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This could be the face of the UK's newest - and youngest - supermodel.

Schoolgirl Alice Sinclair, 18, looks set to hit catwalk stardom after winning TV reality show Make Me A Supermodel.

The A-level student was set to take up a place studying development geography at the London School of Economics in September.

But her plans changed last night when she was named surprise winner of the modelling contest.

Her prize includes a year's contract with Select, the model agency which represents Sienna Miller.

She also won a trip to the Maldives for a photo shoot with a glossy magazine.

"I'm ecstatic," she told the Evening Standard. "It just hasn't sunk in yet - I keep expecting the judges to turn around and say, 'Sorry, we made a mistake, you haven't really won'."

Alice, from Pinner, west London, added: "I've always been a bit gangly and a bit weird looking, and a few people had said to be, 'You should try modelling'.

"One day I went into the Select agency and they told me about the competition. They were having auditions the next day, so I went along after school in my uniform. Next thing I know, here I am."

Alice beat bookies' favourite Kate Ellery, 18, from Cardiff, and Joanna Downes, 22, from Hertfordshire.

She cites Catherine Zeta-Jones as her style icon and Anne Boleyn as the woman she most admires.

She is determined not to succumb to the pressures of the modelling industry and lose weight.

The show, broadcast on Five, was judged by Rod Stewart's ex-wife Rachel Hunter.

She said: "There's just so much mystery about Alice, she has a lot of presence. That's what makes her special."

Last Updated: 09:18 UK, Wednesday April 06, 2005