An ex-McDonald’s worker has swapped flipping burgers for a job in modelling which earns her a whopping £1,000 a day!
Tanya McDonnell has gone from £7-an-hour shifts at McDonald’s flipping burgers to a jet-set lifestyle as a £1,000 a day model.
Just over a year ago, the 23-year-old’s day consisted of taking peoples’ food orders at the fast-food giant. Nowadays, she spends her days posing for glamorous shoots in stunning locations.
Tanya’s modelling career began after posting an image of herself on holiday in Dubai on Instagram, she was then quickly snapped up to work as a model due to her being so photogenic.
A Manchester-based modelling agency, J’adore Models, sent her a direct message over Instagram asking her if she would be interested in signing up to be one of their models. Of course, it couldn’t have been a difficult decision when she was working in a fast-food chain at the time, so Tanya jumped at the opportunity.
Following this sign-up, Tanya is also in the books at MGM Models in Germany and W Model Management in London.
She is now hoping to inspire others to follow their dreams, as she never thought modelling could be a possibility beforehand.
Presently, Tanya lives at home with her parents in Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, and is single.
Speaking of her dramatic change in jobs, she said: “It completely took me by surprise.
“I want to let everyone know that anyone can do this. Dreams can happen.”
As Tanya’s modelling job took her all over the world, from assignments in Iceland, Germany and back to Dubai, Tanya felt secure in her modelling work to leave her job at McDonald’s in February 2019.
“I didn’t think any of this would ever happen, but it did,” she said.
Nowadays, she enjoys giving advice to others who are interested in breaking into the modelling industry.
She added: “Don’t think that you’re not going to get what you really want in life.
“It can come to you when you least expect it. I went from serving burgers to posing for pictures.”
It was in early 2019 that Tanya was “scouted” for, and she described the moment as “amazing” but also very “surreal”.
“My lifestyle is completely different from when I was in McDonald’s, I never thought this would happen,” she said.
“I saw myself moving to a different branch. Last year I was a crew member, taking orders and making burgers.
“I never expected it and I am really happy.
“But at the same time, I am going to work hard and get where I can.”
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