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(Picture by Brian Minkoff) Born in 1971, Penny Lancaster is a model and photographer from England. She grew up under the guidance of Graham and Sally, her parents. They would always go to the gym and encourage a health and fitness routine. Penny took classes for different kinds of dances when she was 6 years old. These include ballet, modern and tap.

Ten years later, she moved to aerobics and quit dancing. This suited her body frame. It then became evident to her that her appearance is ideal for a career in modelling. Penny became a skilled fitness instructor at the age of 22. During this time, many people suggested her to consider modelling as a career. Hence, she followed a modelling course for one year from the London College of Fashion. What’s amazing is that Penny completed this course with distinction.

Soon, the model was in demand for promoting a product like lingerie and swimwear. She also has beautiful hair and skin. Hence, Penny preferred the promotion of beauty and hair products. In the 1990s, she had a relationship with a city trader. The couple separated in 1999. It was a real blow for her. After that she decided to learn about the other side of modelling, which is the role behind the camera. Penny took a photography course and passed out with a distinction.

In her first year, she got the opportunity to meet Rod Stewart, a rock singer. Since the latter was her idol, she took his photograph with his permission. Both felt they had much in common while discussing the photo. Soon, they began dating and later got married. Penny graduated from her photography training with a diploma. She has since enjoyed her success as a specialised photographer.

Penny Lancaster took projects from magazines and newspapers. The latter also made a contract for a year with HELLO! magazine to work with celebrities. Thanks to this, the photographer received assignments for beauty and fashion for magazines. She started working with Essentials, Cosmo and Sunday Times. Penny also worked for some popular Australian magazines. The best moment was perhaps when she was taking pictures of Rod Stewart, her husband. It was for tour programs, magazines, fan mail and newspapers.

Even with the distractions in her personal life, Penny remained firm. She worked both as a photographer and as a spokesmodel for the lingerie brand. The famous model is popular for doing modelling for Ultimo. She signed a contract with the agency in 2002 to be their brand ambassador. Guess what? Penny Lancaster was successful in promoting the brand name, particularly in the UK. Yet, her contract was not renewed after two years.

Since the 1970s, the model appeared in many famous TV shows. These include the likes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Friday night with Jonathan Ross and Happy Hour. Other TV shows include The British Soap Awards and Sex and the City 2. In 2008, HELLO! magazine held the Young Photographers Award. Penny Lancaster was the judge along with Terry O’Neil, Mark Thompson, Mike Daines and many more.

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