A journalism graduate is making headline news herself – in a bid to prove that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
Sophie Hardy, who works as a digital marketer for South Shields design agency Urban River, is aiming to be a role model for curvy ladies after being chosen for a plus-size feature in national fashion magazine Cosmopolitan.
The delighted 24-year-old is one of a trio of female readers selected for the ‘CurveEdit’ feature in the October edition of the magazine, which hit the shelves this week.
Cosmopolitan launched a search on social media to show that plus size women can be successful and stylish – and they soon discovered that Sophie fitted the bill.
Miss Hardy took part in a two-day photoshoot after receiving the ‘surprise’ news she had been chosen.
She said: “I felt like a proper model on the photoshoot.
“It was just an impulse decision to enter the competition. It was a surprise to win. My nana has already bought four or five copies.
“It was surreal to see myself in the magazine.
“It was a dream come true for me when I received the phone call that I’d been selected to take part in Cosmo’s latest campaign.
“I’ve been reading Cosmo for as long as I can remember, so to be recognised as a successful and stylish reader is a great personal achievement.”
Miss Hardy, who is a size 16, is eager to drive home the message that success and style are not merely dictated by your dress size – and that beauty is far more than skin deep.
She added: “I’m also hoping this opportunity will highlight that there is more to being ‘beautiful’ than looks alone – it’s all about how you feel on the inside and how that comes across.
“Beauty is also about your character, how you dress and how you present yourself.”
Miss Hardy, who lives in Horden, County Durham, joined Urban River, based in King Street, South Shields, in June of this year.
The magazine journalism graduate is leading company’s marketing, PR, SEO and copywriting strategies.