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A TEENAGE model could be Scotland’s very personal Zoolander after taking the vogue world by storm.

Connor Newall, 18, was set to sign up as a squaddie before an opportunity casting in a film about knife crime gave him his massive break.

He admits: “I would have never in 1,000,000 years have thought I’d be doing this. I was going to affix the Army, I wanted to be within the infantry on the frontlines as I thought it would be a good profession for me. However my life has fully turned round.

“I’d probably be on tour of Afghanistan right now getting shot at in some dusty trench if I never became a mannequin. I’m fortunate I mentioned aye./p>

Until two years in the past, he had by no means bothered about his type and didn’t expect to journey to a few of the world’s most starstudded locations.

Now he’s modelling within the vogue hubs of latest York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

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His very first time on digicam, nonetheless, was quite a sombre experience it was a job in a Scottish Authorities movie about knife crime.

Sadly, his family knew concerning the devastating effects of such crime after Connor’s cousin Andrew Newall was killed in a blade assault.

He died aged 22 when he was was attacked by a gang after ?celebrating a friend’s twenty first birthday in 1996.

Connor, from Govan in Glasgow, said: “The casting director went spherical seven totally different excessive faculties, it wasn’t presupposed to be anything huge.

“But no person knew until a yr later that my cousin had been stabbed a number of instances and killed.

“That’s how it all kicked off they usually put me on STV and The Riverside Show, I wasn’t simply appearing however had truly skilled what my household had gone via./p>

On the again of the film, he ended up getting an agent.

And despite his now worldwide appeal, his modelling profession all began with a distinctly Scottish flavour a tattie scone.

Connor jokes: “I woke up one Saturday morning and was having a roll and tattie scone. My cellphone rings and it’s an Junior unknown caller. It was my agent Michael.

“We met in the office, went over the contract and that i signed it and went house. All of it went so quick, I was in bed one minute after which a mannequin the subsequent. I don’t see what folks see in me, so was going to hold up.

“I’m probably the most ‘unmodellymodel there. While you see different models in comparison with myself, they’re all polished. However I don’t actually try this, I’m not fashionable in any respect.

“My favourite manufacturers have been Nike AirMax trainers, Lacoste joggies and i sort of dressed like a wee ned.

“I nonetheless sort of costume like that, I don’t gown fancy except I’m going to city, carrying mostly just tracksuits.

“I get fairly a couple of freebies and I’ve had just a few items that are good however lots are too wild for me and so I ask my mum if she desires it./p>

However mum Betty plays a a lot greater position than just accepting Connor’s designer hand-me-downs. Nicknamed ‘Betty Jennerafter Kris, the mum of The Kardashians, Betty is chief organiser for her boy.

Connor revealed: “Mum is my largest fan, she finds photos of me that I didn’t even know were taken. Everybody in the world knows who I’m because of my mum, she tells the whole world.

“Dad works in shipyards and my mum is a house assist so I’ve a superb background and I’m nicely-grounded. They just see it as another job.

“To my dad, if I’ve job and get paid for it, that’s sufficient for him./h2>

Now that he’s spending just a few months of the 12 months in New York and Los Angeles, Connor is enjoying his taste of the high life, embarking on international campaigns for G-Star and Stone Island subsequent month.

With the whole family behind him, Connor is glad he can make everyone proud and now he has another person he has to maintain completely satisfied.

Connor reveals: “I met a few who folks have tried to be mates with me as a result of I’m bit more profitable in my life, they are interested now they usually weren’t before.

“There are fairly a few ladies, I’m not going to lie, that I’ve knocked back however have my girlfriend Kayleigh now so that’s throughout./p>

And the eye will carry on coming as Connor stars in a nationwide BBC documentary, which is aired tonight.

In the film Scotland’s Mannequin Teenager, Connor will likely be seen travelling in Europe and to New York on numerous assignments.

The documentary, a part of BBC One’s Our Lives series, asks whether the teenager may be compelled to reinvent himself or whether or not his charm, distinctive seems and Glasgow humour can keep brand Connor alive.

Our Lives: Scotland’s Model Teenager, BBC One, 7.30pm on Monday.
colan.lamont@the-solar.co.uk

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