You’d be forgiven for doing a double take when you see these sultry shots of Lucie Jones. All tousled hair and dark brows, she’s gone real rock’n’roll with the help of some designer clobber, including this plunging Cavalli top and Christopher Kane for Topshop rivet dress. Nice. It’s quite astonishing to see how far the 19-year-old’s come since last summer when the X Factor launched her into the spotlight, before she was controversially booted out by Simon Cowell in order to save Jedward. Well ain’t revenge sweet!
We suppose you could call it The Grazia Effect… Because just one month after we gave her a high-fashion makeover, Lucie caught the talent scout’s eye and was promptly snapped up by Select Model Management, the UK's Number 1 model agency which kick started the careers of Lily Donaldson, Agyness Deyn and Daisy Lowe. Ha! Take that Cowell. The styling in these images isn’t as edgy as the John Galliano looks she worked for our fabulous shoot (above) but considering they’re just test shots for the agency, we reckon her fashion factor is coming along nicely. Here’s hoping we’ll see the Welsh beauty in some more extreme styles again soon because, as Grazia proved, she really can carry them off. Versatility is the sign of a good model, y’know.
So how’s Lucie feeling about the promising beginnings of her portfolio and does mentor Dannii Minogue approve of her hot new look? GraziaDaily gave Lucie a very excitable call this morning to get the insider scoop!
‘Dannii loved the pictures and has been really supportive,’ Lucie told us. ‘Her partner Kris is also with Select so although he's only been modeling for a few years, he gave me some really good advice.’ And as for her dream job? ‘I’d love to work with a mega fashion house like Burberry, I really admire Emma Watson and think she looks amazing in their latest campaign. But I’ve already had the chance to work with a lot of cool photographers which has been really exciting. I’m so lucky!’ We couldn’t agree more.
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Photographer: Kristin Vicari. Stylist: Jiv D courtesy of Select Models.