Derry girl wants to be NEXT big thing

27 years-old Derry model Libi Roddy who has made the finals in the Next 'Top Model 2011' competition. 2406JM38 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)
27 years-old Derry model Libi Roddy who has made the finals in the Next 'Top Model 2011' competition. 2406JM38 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

A local mum is hoping the Derry public will get behind her to help her realise her lifelong dream of securing a modelling contract with one of the world’s largest modelling agencies.

Libi Roddy from Gobsnacale is currently vying for votes in the NEXT ‘Make me a Model’ competition which could see her secure a modelling contract with Storm Model Agency who represent the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Eva Herzigova.

The prize would also see the 27-year -old front the 2012 campaign for the major highstreet retailer and win £2000 to spend in store.

Winning, Libi said, would definitely be “a dream come true”.

“Modelling is what I’ve always wanted to do but it is hard to break into it when you are over 18 or 19. This is a chance for someone a little older, like me, to get a break.

“It would not only be brilliant for me, but it would be brilliant for my daughter. It would provide us with some financial security and make life a single mother easier.”

Libi heard about the competition when an online friend posted her own entry and she was so intrigued by the potential prizes on offer she decided to give it a go.

But Libi is no ordinary model - as well as trying to launch her modelling career, the Waterside beauty is single-handedly raising her nine year old daughter Holly Angel, who she said is delighted to see her mum do so well in the competition. However, Libi is relying on the Derry public to get her to the next stage of the competition.

Only the top 250 entrants chosen by public vote will be chosen for a ‘bootcamp’ style casting session in London with bosses from Storm and Next and from then 50 will go on for the final stages of the competition.

“I’ve been hovering around the 250 mark,” Libi said, “and I need a big push now to get me securely in the top 250 and keep me there until voting closes at the end of next week.

“I’m hoping the people of Derry will help me to fulfil my ambitions.”You can vote for Libi by visiting: http://www.next.co.uk/model-competition-2011/ and searching for “Libi”. Libi is also asking people to spread the word and share the link on Facebook.