This Girl Got Model Scouted Whilst Homeless And Begging On The Street

She now supports a homeless charity and is living proof people can turn their lives around

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Lorna Tucker spent a year of her life homeless, when she was just 17.

According to The Independent, after running away from home at 15, she developed a heroin addiction that kept her on the streets.

Her fortunes changed when a model scout saw her potential when she was begging at Charing Cross.

And yes, apparently a film script of her life has already been picked up according to Lorna Tucker's Instagram.

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But Tucker didn't stop at being a pretty-faced example of the possibility of escaping the homeless cycle, she has since become documentary film maker and activist for homeless prevention and awareness.

Two of her documentaries are set to be released later this year and at the moment she is supporting the Independent and Centrepoint's Young and Homeless Helpline appeal, that is hoping to act as a lifeline for those who have nowhere else to turn.

She said this of her time of the streets,

It's very difficult moving on from homelessness and having any sense of worth after that. I want people to understand and be supportive of anybody they know who has been in a dark place or has suffered from mental illness or has been to these extremes and is coming back. The post-traumatic stress of homelessness is a huge part of rehabilitation.

Tucker is familiar with this feeling since when she was offered that first modelling opportunity, her self-esteem was such that she couldn't follow up on the offer.

Jan 2013 . first day shooting. #VivienneWestwood 📸 by me

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But the thought stayed with her, and after a suicide attempt, she applied for art college where she was scouted again and went on to model for the like of Levi and Vivienne Westwood.

Tucker credits modelling with helping her journey a lot.

Modelling was a saviour because it showed me a bigger world than I had ever known. I met people that changed my way of thinking and seeing the world.

She is not dedicated to sharing her story and helping others who are in similar situations she was once in.

Anyone can turn their lives around. I don't believe that whole thing that a leopard never changes its spots, because you're looking at someone who has.

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