By Niamh Anderson
FOOTBALL star Scott Brown is set to swap the Celtic midfield for the catwalk.
Following in Tyra Banks’ footsteps, the captain will cast his eye over a cast of Scottish beauties all vying to become the next answer to Kate Moss.
In a competition run by Edinburgh-based Manequin Model Agency, he will help select a winning model who will secure a year’s contract with the company, a portfolio of photos, beauty products, and guaranteed work.
Director Hayley Brown said: “Scott Brown is friends with my partner, and I thought it would be good to have a personality involved.
“We plan on having one winner from the event, but also use this as a recruitment drive. We can see how the girls act during a photo shoot and fashion show.”
The announcement follows reports that Brown, has turned to a personal shopper to improve his dress sense after a string of embarrassing faux-pas’ lately.
But the football star hasn’t turned his back on his day job as he will only be guest-judging the event next month.
The competition – Manequin’s Next Top Model- is Edinburgh’s answer to a string of popular television shows to have searched for women with catwalk potential.
Ms Brown said: “They are very popular shows. A lot of young girls aspire to be models and these shows show how hard it is, but they also show the glamorous side to modelling.”
Around 90 applications were received with a final 20 now set to appear in the final on November 13 at the glitzy Lulu Bar nightclub- a favourite haunt for sports stars.
The girls will be asked to pose in swimwear or lingerie and evening wear, before being put on the stop in a question and answer session.
Ms Brown said: “We want to give people experience and there are also a couple of girls who are doing it to build up their confidence.
“The prize for the winner is a portfolio and modelling contract to get their careers started. I’m in talks with a few other companies, to do fashion shows so the winner will have work straight away.”
Finalists range in age from 18-33 and come from across Scotland.
They vary in size and shape as, according to Ms Brown, there is a lot of interest at the moment for both curvy and petite models.
She said: “We were really looking for a variety in this competition.”
Manequin’s Next Top Model final will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.