Released: 09 January 2014

Face of Whitefriars 2014 winners announced

The search is over for this year’s ‘Faces of Whitefriars’. We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 competition are 21-year-old Tafara Khumbula and 18-year-old Joshua Thomason.

Tafara and Joshua will receive Spring/Autumn professional photo shoots and a portfolio of their best photographs, as well as £250 each in Whitefriars shopping vouchers. They will also feature as models in Whitefriars Magazine and in our fashion advertising and promotional campaigns during 2014. 

Face of Whitefriars competition entrants were asked to submit a recent photograph of themselves online, which was assessed by a panel of retail, photographic and marketing experts. Entries were whittled down to three male/female finalists, who were asked to provide additional photographs and information before the final winners were chosen.
Tafara Khumbula comes from Milton Keynes. She is currently studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies at Christ Church University, Canterbury, where she is also employed as the University’s Campaign Leader for the Environment and Sustainability. She hopes to go on and work in children’s counselling/therapy.

Tafara says: “I am from an African background, but also value British culture and diversity. Canterbury has become more ethnically diverse over the years, with the regular influx of new students, and I’d like to feel that, as the Face of Whitefriars, I can represent them… as I know they love to shop in Whitefriars! I have done some modelling for Abercrombie and Fitch in their Milton Keynes’ Hollister store, but I’m looking forward to being the Face of Whitefriars over the coming year and the new opportunities it presents.”

Joshua Thomason lives in Faversham and attended St Anselm’s School in Canterbury, where he gained A-levels in ICT, Product Design and Business Studies. He now works as a trainee manager in the Canterbury branch of discount fashion retailer TK Maxx.

Joshua says: “I did try and sign up with some London modelling agencies, but at 6ft 3in I was considered too tall. My parents and mates encouraged me to enter the Face of Whitefriars competition and I’m shocked and delighted that I won. Although I live in Faversham, my life seems to revolve around Canterbury, so it will be amazing to see photographs of me being displayed around the shopping centre!”


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