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Following last year’s success, Manchester Pride is today re-launching ‘Pride’s Next Top Model’.

This competition aims to find two models (one male and one female), who will appear in the festival’s marketing campaign for 2012.

Prizes include: Two VIP passes to Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend and the chance to be the face of Manchester Pride’s marketing campaign. Winners will also receive copies of their photos for portfolio use.

Will Hadfield from Manchester and Emma Speed from Liverpool won the competition last year.

Commenting on her win, Emma Speed said: “We got to lead the parade with Sir Ian McKellen and it was just exhilarating. It was an experience I will never forget and I would most definitely recommend it to others.”

Will Hadfield said: “I was completely shocked to win, and of course really excited! The whole experience was amazing.”

The competition will run until Monday 18 July with application forms available at

Early Bird tickets are now available for Manchester Pride’s four-day Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 26- Monday 29 August, cost £15.00 plus booking fee and are available until 30 June. From 1 July tickets will cost £20.00 plus booking fee. Tickets can be purchased at or at various venues around the city.