Model Mellisa Clarke wins Page 3 Idol competition
From serving customers frozen prawns in Iceland, Mellisa
Clarke has been crowned the winner of Page 3 Idol.
The former Gravesend supermarket worker says she plans to bring
an “edgy” look to the famous topless red top page and made her
debut appearance last Friday.
The delighted 21-year-old - whose slim 32C, size eight figure
was voted the winner by readers - told the Gravesend Messenger:
“It’s a bit weird to know that I’ve won, I really didn’t think it
“I’ve been modelling now for about two and a half years but this
is the pinnacle really and something I never expected.”
Mellisa, a former St John’s school pupil, was one of thousands
of wannabes who entered the annual contest. Past winners have
included Nicola T, Keeley, and Lucy Collett.
Leaving school at 16, she went on to study art and a make-up
course at North West Kent College.
She added: “I’d wanted to be a model since I left
school but I didn’t have the confidence. I sent in some pictures to
a magazine and they liked them and it went from there.”
She became an alternative model, due to her five tattoos and
dark black hair, and appeared in FRONT Magazine. She has also been
in Zoo and FHM.
Mellisa still lives at her home in Gravesend with her mum Maria,
48. Her dad Jim emigrated to Australia when she was 16.
She has already performed in Paris and Berlin as a DJ and will
be jetting off for Barbados in the next few weeks where she will be
doing further Page 3 pictures.
Not only that, she scooped £5,000 prize money and a modelling
contract with The Sun.
Melissa, who was bullied as a child for her looks, hopes her
new-found prominence will be a force for good.
She added: “I’d like to help charities that campaign against all
forms of bullying and raise girls’ body confidence and
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