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Search is on to find face of Stratford

Local Stratford singer Portia Conn prepares to transform into Prospero from The Tempest
Local Stratford singer Portia Conn prepares to transform into Prospero from The Tempest

MEN and women can enter a major competition to find The Face of Stratford 2016 and front a campaign to promote a Shakespeare themed charity collection make up range for a whole year. The contest, which is open to anyone over the age of 16, living in Stratford district, will be launched at The Stratford Fashion Show on 16th March.

The lucky winner will receive a bumper package worth hundreds of pounds and includes a celebrity style photoshoot.

Rachel Ngombe, aged 42, managing director of Gorgeous Obsession

Beauty Salon in The Minories, Stratford, has spent over a year developing the make-up range – Gorgeous Tempest – which is inspired by characters from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.

Rachel said: “When you live and work in Stratford you cannot help but be influenced by The Bard. The characters in The Tempest probably excite me the most, so I have created a make-up selection called Gorgeous Tempest that includes everything from eyeshadow for Ariel to blusher for Prince Ferdinand. Within the range, five key pieces are “The Collection” whereby every item sold will include a donation to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.”

Other characters include Miranda, Caliban, Prospero and even William Shakespeare himself.

“The Face of Stratford competition will be officially launched at the Stratford Fashion Show next month, where the Tempest range will take to the catwalk. The competition is open to anyone - any gender or any race – who stand to become The Face of Stratford once the winner is announced on 29th July to coincide with National Lipstsick Day,”

“Anyone interested in entering should send me a photograph of themselves with a few details about who they are and what they do. We will then hold some easy going interviews in early July to choose the winner. What I’m really after is someone with that glint in their eye,” Rachel said.

The winner will receive a host of prizes including a celebrity-style photoshoot in New Place, where Shakespeare is believed to have written The Tempest.

Rachel said: “A host of local independent businesses have been really generous and donated everything from clothes, shoes and jewellery to cocktails and dinner to ensure the winner feels like a proper celebrity.”

Entry forms are available from: Gorgeous Obsession - www. gorgeoustempeststore.com and at the Stratford Fashion Show from 16th March onwards. Entry forms can be returned online, or by dropping them off at Gorgeous Obsession or by putting them in a small red letter box at the front of the salon.

The Stratford Fashion Show – in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice - takes place at Stratford ArtsHouse on 16th March. Tickets priced £15 are available from: The Shakespeare Hospice; Stratford Arts House; and participating retailers. Stratford Fashion Show is organised by Stratforward – the Business Improvement District (BID) for Stratford that represents almost 500 shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and businesses in Stratford town centre.

Participating businesses in the event include: Shakespeare’s Hospice, New Idle, Sew me Something, Shabby Chic Sister, Shakespeare in Love, Gemini, VH & co, Debenhams, EWM, Cancer research, Jigsaw, M&S, Looking Glass, Aspire, BHS, Matthew Curtis Hair and ENV salon.

A portion of proceeds from the sales of Gorgeous Tempest will be given to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and other charities in the town like Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

Local Stratford singer Portia Conn (pictured) prepares to transform into Prospero from The Tempest

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