A MODEL who found herself homeless on the streets of Mumbai is the latest resident to be nominated for an H&F Hero Award.
Shepherd's Bush resident Kim Calera shot to fame at the tender age of 14 when she entered a modelling competition for popular teenage magazine Sugar.
This launched her career as an international model which resulted in her gracing the catwalks of Bangalore and Dubai.
However while on a six-month contract in the Indian city, her relationship with her contractors turned unpleasant, leaving her homeless.
After managing to get enough money together for a flight, she had an epiphany on the plane and that's when her business Calera Jewellery was born.
Ms Calera, said: “I love Asian Jewellery, I love Asian colours and I love their work ethic. It is a business founded on sacrifice and hard graft. Everything was going into my business, all my modelling earnings.”
After two years of research Calera Jewellery was launched last year donating 10 per cent of its sales from its Asian Inspired range to Rays of Hope India, a charity offering education to poor children and providing small business loans to sex workers and their families.
Ms Calera has been nominated in the Entrepreneur category at the upcoming awards.