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Former 23-year-old McDonald’s employee, now flies all over the world as a model

Former McDonald’s employee who earned £ 7 per hour when she was seen on Instagram, now makes thousands a week around the world to create models for brands such as Superdrug and Public Desire

  • Tanya McDonnell, 23, from Tyne and Wear, worked as a McDonald’s Crew Member
  • Accessed by modeling agency J’adore Models via its direct messages
  • She now travels around the world and poses for brands such as Public Desire

A former employee of McDonald’s whose life was transformed when a modeling agency reached her through her direct messages, talked about her journey in an effort to inspire others.

Just over a year ago, Tanya McDonnell, 23, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, worked as a McDonald’s Crew Member in The Galleries, with a salary of around £ 7 per hour.

However, after she was scouted by the J’adore Models agency and signed immediately after a meeting, she now flies all over the world and earns a few thousand pounds a week.

The young model now travels between Dubai, Germany, London and Manchester working for various modeling agencies and posing for famous brands, including Superdrug, Public Desire and Beauty Bay.

Tanya McDonnell (pictured during a photo shoot in London), 23, worked as a McDonald's Crew Member in The Galleries, Washington, Tyne and Wear, before being scouted by a modeling agency

Tanya McDonnell (pictured during a photo shoot in London), 23, worked as a McDonald’s Crew Member in The Galleries, Washington, Tyne and Wear, before being scouted by a modeling agency

Tanya now flies all over the world after being contacted by the J'adore Models modeling agency through her direct messages

Tanya now flies all over the world after she came into contact with the modeling agency J'adore Models through her direct messages

Tanya now flies all over the world after being contacted by the J’adore Models modeling agency through her direct messages

The young model worked at the fast food chain with a salary of around £ 7 per hour before being contracted at the modeling agency

The young model worked at the fast food chain with a salary of around £ 7 per hour before being contracted at the modeling agency

The young model worked at the fast food chain with a salary of around £ 7 per hour before being contracted at the modeling agency

While at McDonald’s, Tanya would post photos on Instagram of her vacations and close-ups of her face without filters.

J’adore Models, a Manchester-based agency, then contacted her in her direct messages and they signed her immediately after a meeting.

Now Tanya is also signed with MGM Models in Germany and W Model Management in London and hopes that her story will inspire others to never give up their dreams.

She said: “It completely surprised me. It’s like living in one dream. It is a totally different life than I lived.

Tanya said the offer to start modeling as a professional career was a surprise for her

Tanya said the offer to start modeling as a professional career was a surprise for her

Tanya said the offer to start modeling as a professional career was a surprise for her

Tanya (shown in a shopping center in Newcastle upon Tyne) is also signed with MGM Models in Germany and W Model Management in London

Tanya (shown at a shopping center in Newcastle upon Tyne) is also signed with MGM Models in Germany and W Model Management in London

Tanya (pictured at Zero Gravity Beach Club in Dubai) now travels between Dubai, Germany, London and Manchester

Tanya (pictured at Zero Gravity Beach Club in Dubai) now travels between Dubai, Germany, London and Manchester

Tanya (pictured on the left in a shopping center in Newcastle upon Tyne and on the right at the Zero Gravity Beach Club in Dubai) is also signed with MGM Models in Germany and W Model Management in London

23-year-old Tanya (left and right) said she hoped her story would help show that “dreams can happen” and that it didn’t matter where you came from

The model said she didn't think something like that could happen to her

The model said she didn't think something like that could happen to her

Tanya now says that she is much more confident than she once was

Tanya now says that she is much more confident than she once was

Tanya didn’t think she would be where she is now and said she thought life was much better now

‘I want to let everyone know that everyone can do this. Dreams can happen. I didn’t think this would ever happen, but it did.

‘Don’t think you don’t get what you really want in life. It can come to you if you don’t expect that. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you do.

“I think life is so much better now. It’s so nice to meet new people. I now have so much more confidence.

The model (pictured at the Jumeirah Al Qasr in Dubai) said she previously thought she was ugly and could never be a model, but now feels better in herself

The model (pictured at the Jumeirah Al Qasr in Dubai) said she previously thought she was ugly and could never be a model, but now feels better in herself

The model (pictured at the Jumeirah Al Qasr in Dubai) said she previously thought she was ugly and could never be a model, but now feels better in herself

The model said she wanted to share her story in an effort to inspire others

The model said she wanted to share her story in an effort to inspire others

The 23-year-old would post photos of herself on Instagram before she was scouted by the modeling agency

“When I was a kid, I always looked up at Kate Moss, but I thought it was ugly and that I could never become a model.

‘I feel so much better in myself now. You really never know how other people see you. “

Tanya continues to share photos on Instagram @tanyaslasagne and has started sharing advice on modeling on its YouTube channel of the same name.

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