Maxine, 20, is a model student

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Student Maxine Sykes, aged 20, who lives in the Hope Valley, could soon be giving up the lecture theatre for the catwalk after reaching the finals of one of the country’s top modelling competitions.

From more than 1,000 applicants, she is one of 17 models in the final of Top Model UK 2014 competition in London next month.

Maxine, sponsored by the Lynda V Price salon and spa in Sheffield, said she was previously “more interested in working with horses and mucking out the stables”. She is studying at Lincoln University.