Belvedere teenager stars as pilot pin-up for RAF Benevolent Fund calendar

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A BELVEDERE teenager is gracing the cover of a pin up style calendar to support RAF members and their families.

Danielle Bellamy, of Cowper Road, was scouted while working in the Hollister clothing shop in Bluewater last January.

Photographer Chris Jones invited the North West Kent student to a casting in the summer up against 1,000 other hopefuls to be crowned Miss April for the 2014 RAF Benevolent Fund calendar.

News Shopper: Belvedere teenager stars as pilot pin-up for RAF calendar

In fact, the judges liked her so much they decided to put her on the cover as well.

The 18-year-old told News Shopper: "I was so surprised when Chris approached me in the shop and I wasn’t sure what to think.

"But when I mentioned it to my parents they told me to go for it and I thought I have nothing to lose.

"It was so much fun getting dressed up in the 1940s costumes and getting our hair and make up done.

"I’ve never seen myself like that before.

"The hats we wore were actually from that period which was incredible.

News Shopper: Belvedere teenager stars as pilot pin-up for RAF calendar

"When we went to the air shows to promote the calendar and spoke to people in the RAF, it really bought home what a great cause it is.

"It was an amazing feeling."

She is continuing part-time work at Hollister while she studies and is keeping her career options open.

She said: "I would love to do more modelling in the future but it’s so competitive so I’m not sure.

"Education is more important because looks don’t last forever.

"I’m doing legal studies at the moment and I’d love to work in something law-related."

Delighted dad Paul Bellamy, 40, said: "It’s amazing to think she’s on the cover of this calendar and it’s supporting such a great cause.

"She’s pretty but she’s shy and she was a bit reluctant to go for it. We encouraged her to because it might lead on to other things.

"The photographer lost two relatives in the Second World War and the make-up artist has a partner in the forces so the cause meant a lot to them.

"We want to do all we can to promote the calendar."

News Shopper: Belvedere teenager stars as pilot pin-up for RAF calendar

Proceeds will help support RAF personnel and their families.

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