SEXY Belfast model Katie Larmour has been shortlisted by a top lads mag in their annual beauty contest.
Katie, 26, who is also a TV presenter, appears in this month’s issue of FHM in a leopard print bikini in the Holiday Honey’s shortlist. And while most women entered in the competition have had their pictures sent by boyfriends, Katie has her sister to thank.
She said: My big sister Jane saw her boyfriends magazine lying around and noticed there was an advert in it for the competition. When she read it and realised the prize was a presenting job with the Kiss music channel she instantly decided to put me in for it.
“She also knew I probably wouldn’t do it myself so she set about getting a nice picture of me so I didn’t miss the opportunity. I couldn’t believe it when she told me what she had done and when I found out I was in the top 100.
‘To be honest at the start I was more worried about what picture she had sent incase it was a rotten one. The picture wasn’t even taken on holiday which I think is hilarious. It was in our garden at a family barbeque, it’s not the best, I’ve no make-up on or anything.”
When gorgeous Katie’s initial shock died down and she received her confirmation letter she was soon overcome with uncertainty.
The model, who has been the face of Belfast Fashion Week, appeared in many television ads and even dated Hollywood superstar Jonathan Rhys Meyers, initially was anxious about what people would think.
But when Katie, who was shortlisted from 13,875 entries, looked at the type of celebrities who get into the magazine she was flattered to have made it.
“At first I wasn’t too sure about it and then when I received the letter explaining that they’d revamped the competition and changed the name from High Street Honeys to Holiday Honeys she said, adding: “FHM is such a classy magazine, I’m excited just to be in the top 100 but if I got the votes and was able to make the top 10 I would be in with a chance of doing a professional shoot for them.
“Lots of my favourite celebs have graced the pages, everyone from Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox, top tennis player Ana Ivanovic and of course most recently our own Zoe Salmon who looked absolutely stunning on the front cover.”
With the ultimate dream prize for Katie on the table she said she’s going to get behind the campaign and try her best to generate votes.
“My sister did a really nice thing for me by putting me in for this, so I want to try and make a success of it and that means generating votes” said Katie, adding: “Apart from the prize money which is £10,000, the winner gets to present on the Kiss Channel which is awesome, I always get the Kiss CD compilations for Christmas.
“But even just to get into the top 10 would be a great experience as there’s a shoot with a top FHM photographer at a secret exotic destination and the spreads goes inside the magazine instead of the supplement like the top 100.
“I’ve been very lucky to have had a little bit of presenting experience before but my absolute dream job would be to present a travel program and winning this competition would take me just that little bit further towards it.”
Votes for Katie can be cast online at www.fhm.com/honeys and voting will be open from 1st -22 April 2010. The top ten will be announced in the July issue of FHM which hits the shelves on 3 June.
BY TINA CALDER
PICS BY FABRIZIO BELLUSCHI