A South Norwood girl has beaten a host of beauties to win a national modelling competition. 22-year-old Irene Jewhurst won a public vote to win the natural beauty category at the Top Model UK grand finals on Saturday. She polled 354 votes to beat 28 other girls selected for the competition and now hopes to build a career in the business. Former Oasis Academy Shirley Park pupil Irene said: "I couldn't believe it when the judge said I had won. "I would definitely like to keep modelling. I am signed to a modelling agency and they are actively trying to find me work. She used her grandad's battle with Alzheimer's as inspiration for her win and has raised money previously for Alzheimer's UK. Irene added: "I hope he is proud of my win and that a raised profile can help me raise more money for charity." Irene, of Sangley Road, had to battle illness on the day. "I was really struggling with a cold on the day and although I managed to stick it out, I didn't think I'd won! "When the judge announced the winner, the way he said it made me think I wasn't the winner." She was cheered on at the event by her mum Wendy, friends and a mystery 'date'.
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