Sam Rosewell-Poulter on the Paris Fashion Week catwalk. Picture by Olivier Claisse.
LAST Friday, Christ the King College student Sam Rosewell-Poulter should have been sitting in double maths; instead he was rehearsing on the catwalk for Paris Fashion Week.
Sam, 17, was catapulted into the spotlight when he was chosen to model for prestigious label Icosphere, with 16 professional models.
The student, from Carisbrooke High Street, was given the chance when family friend, Icosphere designer and former Islander, Julia Smith, saw his potential last summer.
She put his photograph forward when her company was selecting models for the week and Sam was flown out to Paris for casting last Thursday and offered the job.
He said, "It was daunting as I was taken immediately to the fashion house when I landed in Paris and I had to model the clothes I would be wearing on the catwalk then and there. It sounds easy just walking in a line but you have to do it in a certain way, with energy and purpose."
Sam had to perform in front of 300 guests plus media in the 17th century Maison des Polytechniciens.
He said, "I was quite nervous but some of the other models seemed even more nervous than me backstage. The worse thing was our shoes were very slippery on the parquet flooring."
Sam had his picture splashed over the French fashion press, was filmed by a TV company and signed up by top Paris model agency Success Models.
He takes A-levels in art, maths and computing this summer and had already intended to take a gap year.
Sam said "I will probably continue modelling after my exams as it is a chance to travel and earn money at the same time."