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Connor Newall has had a meteoric rise from Glasgow schoolboy to international framework whose “unique beauty” gazes out from the front encompass of style publications around the world.

The 18 -year-old from the Govan area has been propelled into the upper echelons of the manner world.

Almost since the moment he was discovered he has been in constant demand from fashion publications such as GQ and Vogue and attire brands such as Dsquared and Stone Island.

Connor has been in the studio with a roll call of the top photographers working in the industry today, constantly shuttling between Paris, Milan, New York and London.

According to those in the know, his “ugly-beautiful” face can seem hard or angelic and its angular features are endlessly fascinating for photographers looking to create something special.

“I just see myself as a normal guy, ” Connor tells the documentary Scotland’s Model Teenager, part of BBC One’s Our Lives series.

“People ensure things I have never seen in my face.”

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The story of how an unassuming chap from Govan became a top modeling began when he was spotted by casting agent Claire Catterson.

She was looking for new young flair for a Scottish government-funded public service movie on the hazards of the bayonet crime.

Claire had been visiting Connor’s school but hadn’t saw what she was looking for.

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She says: “I was on my way out of the door, mentioning goodbye to the head teacher, when the school bell echo.

“My boy came down the stairs just as I was about to leave and I speedily asked the head teacher ‘can you stop that boy? ‘”

Ms Catterson cast Connor in the Knife Crime Scotland film but she also sent his painting to Michael O’Brien at Model Team Glasgow.

She tells: “Within seconds of pressing send on the email my phone echo and Michael mentioned ‘Where is he? I crave him in the office’.”

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O’Brien tells immediately following he opened the email the manes on his arm stood up.

“He only appeared completely different to everybody, ” he says.

Connor was feeling worse for wear on a Saturday morning when he got his first call from O’Brien.

“I thought he was joking, ” mentions the teen modeling. “I was going to hang up the phone.”

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O’Brien wasted no time in signing him up and sent a taxi to accumulate straight away.

He says: “Before I’d even gratified him I sent the images down to some friends in London.”

“Then the phone started ringing and, to be honest, it has never stopped.”

Within periods, O’Brien had to phone up Connor while he was doing a Maths exam at school and tell him to build his excuses to his teacher because he had a GQ magazine photo-shoot in London.

Within weeks, he was hitting “editorial” for publications in Paris, Milan, and Barcelona.

In the style word, editorials are a photo-shoot that are typically includes magazine front coverings and several pages of differing fashion seems inside.

Connor was thrust into the big time immediately and acknowledges it was a strange world to determine himself in.

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Before his big break, Connor was considering to intervene in the Army like his older brother Andrew.

Their mother is a home-help and their parent works in the Govan shipyards.

Connor’s dad is concerned that modelling is not a career that will last.

He tells: “It does not take much flair studying to be a simulate.

“If you’ve got the look and know how to stand for the camera then fair enough. I don’t look upon it as a career.

“Maybe I should but I wouldn’t like it to last five years and then he’s dumped and abruptly he’s packing shelves in Asda.”

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Connor’s older sister Denise is amazed that someone from Govan can be a top model.

She mentions: “It does not really happen to people from round here.”

Connor is also difficult to believe it himself.

He says he first realised the scale of assessments of it when he was walking around the Duomo Square in Milan and started to browse the publication racks.

It is a strange feeling, he tells, to be addressed by superstars such as Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna and Justin Bieber and then see your own face alongside them.

However, for some reason this young Scottish lad suddenly had model agents around the world vying for him.

International fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten, from the global brand Dsquared, selected Connor for their “classic collection”.

Dan mentions: “It was because the collection is quite tailored and correct. By use a face like his, it is a contrast. “

According to Dean: “He’s not the bad boy he looks like. He’s the sweetest son with a bad boy face.”

Angular face

The BBC documentary follows Connor to Madrid where he works with photographer Eugenio Recuenco.

The photographer mentions: “Because he has such an angular face, any small gesture he makes in front of the camera can give such completely different sensations.

“He can be someone sweet but equally he can be someone strong.”

“With a simple small movement of his face and then add illuminating into the mixture. With him the sky is the limit.”

Recuenco adds: “He plays a kind of character. He’s more of an actor. You can build him play whoever you crave him to play.”

Acting is something Connor wants to get into and he has just take lessons but for now he is continuing to ride the wave of simulating fame.

Michael O’Brien tells: “He became a phenomenon. He’s likely one of the most successful sons Scotland has ever produced.”

But despite his phenomenal success Connor says he could never be “arrogant or stuck-up”.

“Even if I wanted to be my mum would kick my arse, ” he says.

Scotland’s model teenager is on BBC One on Monday 14 August at 19:30.

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