"I am extremely excited about the launch of The Catwalk Academy.
"Janis Sue is a fantastic mentor who has guided me through my year as Miss Scotland. She has provided me with invaluable suppport and guidance prior to Miss World, without which, I doubt I would have secured the title of Miss United Kingdom. She has a vast knowledge of the industry in which we work and I think without her, my year wouldn't have been nearly as spectacular. I have worked as a model for several years now, but I think this year I have improved significantly in several areas, largely thanks to Janis Sue. My confidence has increased and I now know how to better look after myself in terms of health/wellbeing, grooming, and generally taking a much more vested interest in my appearance. All of these things have a large part to play in the industry in which I work.
"The other half of this exciting new company, Amy Newlands, is a model who's work I hold in very high regard. She has worked within the industry for many years, and when I began modelling I aspired to acheive what she had worked hard for herself. When I first began modelling, Amy was already a very established model, but she was very friendly and approachable and I turned to her a lot over the years for advice on my career. She recognises the different aspects of modelling, and through first-hand experience, I think she will have a great deal to offer young girls who wish to follow in her footsteps.
"So for any aspiring models I can't think of a better place to start than The Catwalk Academy".
"I want to thank you for all your effort in this year's Dressed to Kilt event. I am fortunately able to say every year that this year was the best ever. The show that you and your colleagues produced was tremendous. It was a great evening that makes one proud to be Scottish. The inclusion of the three American Wounded Warriors and the Black Watch soldier made this show very special.
"From its very humble beginnings, Dressed to Kilt is now the highest profile Scottish event outside of Scotland and this has been achieved, in no small part, because of your efforts as the stylist for the show. Micheline and I are looking forward to what you and your colleagues come up with for the next Dressed to Kilt event."
Sir Sean Connery
TV interior design gurus, columnists and presenters Colin and Justin said:
"We could wish the new catwalk academy the best of luck but it doesn't need luck because it's got Janis Sue Smith on board and she is the fashion world's "must-have" stylist.
"Her own elegance and style matches her professionalism and panache for her work.
"Whenever we've been lucky enough to be "styled by Janis Sue Smith", she's done a first-class job and met the brief with 100% accuracy. We've also learned a lot from her and fun is always high on the agenda when she's around.
"Any model lucky enough to have tips, guidance and support from this queen of the model world can count herself very lucky. We love her!"
Colin & Justin
"I have known and worked with Janis Sue Smith for over a decade. In that time we have built up an excellent professional and personal relationship. In my business at Ultimo and MJM International style, beauty and visual perfection are the very essence of our success in the lingerie industry. I know when I call on the services of Janis Sue she will deliver. Like myself, she is a former model, so she understands exactly what is required from the models I employ for photo shoots. Lingerie is a tough market and Ultimo's success is as much down to how our products are presented to the public as to the products themselves. Janis Sue has an ability to connect with the models we work with and bring out the best in every girl, whether she is a model or a celebrity fronting our national and international campaigns. She is much more than a stylist. Among the many events we have worked on, she choreographed a huge fashion show at Glasgow's Armadillo which featured Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster who was the face of Ultimo at the time - particularly challenging considering Rod himself was in the audience. But then she is known and respected by many A-list celebrity names.
"I have had a long affiliation with the The Scottish Sun's Miss Scotland beauty contest as a judge, a campaign which Janis Sue is heavily involved with through her role as fashion editor with the newspaper. She has acted as mentor for many of the girls, which is testament to how much the contestants think of her. Several of the former Miss Scotlands have modelled for Ultimo both on the catwalk and in photographic campaigns. I know they will not only be beautiful but will have learned the importance of professionalism at all times.
"I am delighted Janis Sue is at last launching her Catwalk Academy so she is able to pass on her own experience in every aspect of the industry. Whether girls are aspiring models looking to realise those catwalk dreams or they are real women who simply want to learn to feel good about themselves, she has a natural ability to make you feel beautiful and walk tall."
Comments from attendees
"I chose to attend The Academy to be taught how to walk confidently and correctly on the catwalk. I found it extrememly beneficial and the photoshoot was a great experience. It has taught me how to carry myself correctly and i would definitely recommend it to others!!"
" I chose to attend The Academy to give me some experience in the fashion industry and to try and help me get a model agent. I learned to believe and trust in myself. The whole experience was amazing!"
"The Academy has given me so much more confidence. It was so great as there were other girls in the same position as me and hearing the other models/ Amy's stories about how they started helped me realise i could do it too. I would change nothing about it!"
"The Catwalk Academy helps you to be comfortable with yourself, To sum it up in one word- FABULOUS!! "