Truelove destined for the world of male modelling

IN LIMELIGHT: East Ipswich schoolboy Nick Truelove, 15, is now represented by modelling agencies in Sydney and New York
IN LIMELIGHT: East Ipswich schoolboy Nick Truelove, 15, is now represented by modelling agencies in Sydney and New York NATALIE MCKAIN

WITH a glamorous name and looks that match, it would seem Nick Truelove was destined for the world of male modelling.

During his short career, the St Edmunds student has already been picked up by some of the world's top modelling agencies.

Nick, 15, said his quick rise through the modelling ranks had been exciting and overwhelming.

"My 11-year-old sister wanted to enter a charity model search called the Tamblyn Young Model Discovery," Nick said.

"My older brother Jack and I happened to be with her when she entered and got noticed by Tamblyn Models founder and director Pam Tamblyn."

"Ms Tamblyn encouraged me and my brother to enter, so we signed up for a bit of fun."

To Nick's surprise, he ended up winning the event's Junior Photographic category and was signed up to Tamblyn Models immediately.

After a few television commercials and photo shoots, this week he was placed with Priscillas Model Management in Sydney and DNA Model Management in New York.

DNA Models represent some of the most well-known models in the industry including Victoria Secret beauties Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes.

Nick said the realisation of what was happening in his career had started to kick in and was excited for what the future had in store.

"I started modelling for a bit of fun and to get some extra pocket money," he said.

"Next week I am getting flown down to Sydney for a shoot in which I'll earn $5000.

"Some of my peers have said things before like 'it's lame to be a model' but now everyone is really supportive and congratulates me."

Despite having top modelling agencies knocking on his door, Nick said the situation had not inflated his ego.

"My family don't treat me differently and my life at home and school is normal," he said. "I still have to clean my room and mow the lawn.

"The best part of this job is the potential to be able to travel and experience different things around the world.

"I plan to just take it as it comes, see how far it can go and enjoy the ride."

International manager and head booker Sallie Tamblyn said Nick's opportunities were endless.

"He just has 'it'," she said. "He's got movie star good looks and a certain style that makes you want to be a part of whatever it is he is a part of - that is what sells products."

It seems good looks run in the family too, with Nick's siblings Jack, 17, Matthew, 12, and Lily all represented by Tamblyn Models.


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