A devout Christian has made her modelling debut at London Fashion Week after she was spotted shopping – in the frozen food aisle of a supermarket.
Stunning Vita West, 18, had never even considered modelling when she was approached by a talent scout at her local Co-op.
The modest teen was snapped up by top agency IMG, who famously represent Gisele Bunchen.
Vita has now been touted for greatness after stepping out onto the catwalk at London Fashion Week for the first time.
Her success has come without compromising her Christian beliefs – she refuses to do swimwear shoots or work on a Sunday.
The beauty, who scored As across the board in her A-levels, even took time out from her blossoming career to work as a missionary in Africa.
Vita, whose mother Frances is a successful solicitor, was first spotted two years ago by Samantha Simpson, the former new faces manager at Premier Model Management, at in the Co-op in Whickham Market, Suffolk.
Ms Simpson yesterday said: “As soon as I saw Vita, I knew she was utterly unique – that brilliant combination of beautiful and smart.”
Vita, who lives in nearby Charsfield, was in the middle of her GCSEs but immediately signed up.
So far she has been photographed by Horst Diekgerdes for Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and Surface magazines.
She has also featured in advertising campaigns for Top Shop and Spanish firm Bershka in Barcelona.
During London Fashion Week Vita rubbed shoulders with modelling superstars Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne at Somerset House.
She modelled for Jean-Pierre Braganza, Holly Fulton and London-based womenswear label Marques’ Almeida.
But when she was asked to work on the event’s busy final Sunday (15/9) she refused for religious reasons.
Ms Simpson said: “She’s worked so hard to get ready for London Fashion Week, practicing her walk every day.
“The day she got her fantastic A-level results, we celebrated by getting her ‘model wardrobe’ together in Ipswich.
“She puts her heart and soul into everything she does. I’m so proud of her.”
Vita has already picked up an A* and two A’s this summer in her A-level exams at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Suffolk.
Her mum, Frances Barker, 52, is a leading solicitor at Suffolk firm Blockslegal LLP.
Vita hopes to model for two years before she eventually leaving home for university.