It’s been almost 18 years since Corey McNally won the Chorley Bonny Baby Competition and he’s still modelling.
Corey of Briar Avenue, Euxton, will be 18 in January and has had regular work with Manchester Model Agency since he was six.
But Corey, now 17, prefers working with refrigerators to modelling and is working as an engineer for Forest Refrigeration.
Mum Sharon, 40, can’t believe how fast the time has gone and remembers how one-and-a-half-year-old Corey won the competition.
She said: “We were picked out along with 12 other finalists to go to Chorley Town Hall and we had to get up one-by-one to try to impress the judges.
“I can remember that he jumped off my knee and ran over to judges and waved.
“It was a shock and I was really pleased about him winning but he was a really bonny baby.
“After the competition, he modelled playing with toys for Littlewoods, Argos and Matalan catalogues between the ages of two and five but had to give it up because of school work.”
Modelling runs in the family and Corey’s sister Danielle, 20, was also a finalist in a previous competition.
Corey said: “I don’t get embarrassed about winning the competition because not everyone can say they have done it.
“I could keep my sister going about it but I think she would get aggressive about me doing better than her. It is nice to look back at winning and I know that I can go back into modelling but I am just enjoying my job.”
Sharon said it was great to see the Guardian running their Christmas Cuties and Baby Face competitions. “It gives the children some confidence if they are in front of the camera.
“Also, I think the competition is the sort of thing that all newspapers should be running.
“It is good news and gives the children something to look back at when they get older,” she said.