Burnley boy (6) wins top model contest

STARLET: Adnan Ali (6) won the English Diamond 2011 crown in Manchester. (s)
STARLET: Adnan Ali (6) won the English Diamond 2011 crown in Manchester. (s)

A BURNLEY boy could be on the way to stardom after winning a top modelling contest.

Adnan Ali (6) was crowned master supreme at the English Diamonds 2011 show in Manchester.

It was his first contest but Adnan beat off competition from 30 accomplished young models to win gold.

His proud dad Ibrahim, who owns the Usha Indian restaurant, was over the moon.

He said: “It is incredible what he has done. We are so proud of him. We couldn’t believe it.

“It is the first time he has ever done anything like this.”

A customer at Ibrahim’s Rossendale Road restaurant spotted Adnan on a picture and said he should be a model.

“The woman said he had a lovely face and said why don’t we put him forward to be a model.

“She entered him into this contest in Manchester and came round to do some practising with him.”

On the day Adnan was up against stiff competition from 30 other talented youngsters all aiming to impress the panel of judges made up of top professional models.

The contestants had to model casual and formal wear on the catwalk as well as talk about their interests and hobbies.

But Adnan blew the judges away.

“They said he was so cute. Modelling the casual wear he was like a professional on the job.

“He did the catwalk, took his scarf off, turned around and blew a kiss with a smile and really wowed the judges.

“They were stunned. The organiser said for a six year old to be that good is amazing.”

He was crowned English Diamonds Champion 2011 and was given a sash, crown and prize money.

“He is always in front of the mirror now, Ibrahim joked. “He has the modelling bug. We hope he will go on to do more.”