- Paula Hamilton (born 23 January 1961) is an English model, best known for her appearance in the classic 1987 Mk II Volkswagen Golf TV advert "Changes". In 2006, she returned to public recognition as a judge on Living TV's Britain's Next Top Model, for two cycles.Contents[hide]1 Early life and career 2 Personal life 3 References 4 External links  Early life and career Hamilton was brought up in South Africa by her mother and stepfather.She is dyslexic and left school at 15. Paula’s success didn’t come without a fight. She went abroad for her first modelling assignment only to find that instead of a promised fashion and swimwear shoot the photographer wanted her to pose for softporn pictures. The photographers wife said 'Not another one who hasn't been told.' So at just sixteen she had to strip naked for raunchy pictures including spreading her legs and holding her vagina open. These sizzling shots of Paula were published in softcore magazines such as Genesis ,Lovebirds and Mayfair. At the age of 17, after several rejections as a model, she moved to Tokyo and worked non stop for 18 months. She then established herself in Australia and Germany before moving to Italy. After being discovered by photographer David Bailey, she became the main model of the Queen's couturier Sir Hardy Amies. Her successful modelling career was, however, hampered by her battles against alcohol and cocaine. During a tough interview with top Italian photographer Fabrizio Ferrei, Paula was told her hair was too long for the job. She promptly cut her hair, got the job, and went on to learn the tricks of the trade at Ferrei’s side. It was at this point she realised a successful modelling career has more to do with ‘your energy and spirit within’ than any outside appearance.Hamilton reached the zenith of her modelling career at the age of 27, when she became a household name as the star of one of the most iconic television adverts of the 1980s, for the Volkswagen Golf - the popularity in the UK of the Mk II drew from the 1987 advert. "Changes" starred Hamilton, made up to resemble Diana, Princess of Wales. She is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox and ditching her mink coat, chucking the house keys at the cat, rejecting the fur coat and pearl necklace - but keeping the car keys. "If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen" ran the tagline. The advert began a new era in car advertising (Armstrong 1998 p15)In 1996 Hamilton featured in the music video accompanying hugely successful British boyband Take That's last single "How Deep Is Your Love" in the 90s. The single reached number one on the UK singles chart.In 2006, it was announced that Hamilton, at the age of 45, has been re-signed by the leading agency Models 1, who hope to capitalise on the popularity of more mature models led by Twiggy and her successful advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer. She was also a mentor and judge on the second and third series of Britain's Next Top Model on Living TV, presented by model Lisa Snowdon. It was revealed in late December 2007 that Hamilton was to be replaced by Icelandic model Huggy Ragnarsson, for cycle 4. Fellow colleague and judge, Jonathan Phang, was also replaced by stylist, photographer and designer, Gerry Deveaux.  In addition to modelling, Paula turned her hand to presenting and acting, appearing in feature films ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ and the ‘Life of a Serial Killer’. Hamilton released her autobiography, entitled ‘Instructions Not Included’ in 1996.Hamilton is no longer with Models 1. She is now signed to Mandpmodels, also in London. Personal life During her early career Hamilton had problems with drug addiction and alcoholism. These problems began to affect her career, and by 1988 she had quit modelling. Following a brief marriage in 1987 to cameraman Danny Mindel, her turbulent...
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