Time to meet our stellar line-up up of mini-judges for this years #JDA's... the first time we've asked Children to cast their votes on out prestigious awards
Junior Design Awards Mini Judges 2018
The Junior Design Awards for 2018 have been shortlisted and we are gearing up for the next stage. Which is the judging days!
This is done over three days in our London office. It tough narrowing down all the winners so we enlist a panel respected and esteemed judges to help us make the final decisions. You can read about our panel of industry insiders, experts and social influencers here.
Really exciting for this year and for the first time ever (in fact we think the first time ever for any children lifestyle awards) we're introducing a mini panel of judges to really find out what the kids love.
Our mini-panel of 'kidfluencers' (yes, it is a word) will be helping us narrow down what the winners in fashion, travel, books, toys, interiors & lifestyle and food & dining awards with their own discerning eyes.
Each one has been hand selected to ensure that Junior continues to showcase the best-of-the-best - and with their social influence helps o spread the word that Junior really cares about what children want!
The Junior Design Awards remain a signed seal of style approval - and this this the mini-judges will have a say too.
Farouk's 200k+ Instagram account is ran by his mum Bonnie. A mother of 3 (and grandmother to 2) I am also a university student at Surrey studying Nutrition and dietetics.
Farouk attends the local catholic school and the last year really kicked off for Farouk after his appearance on ITV's Little Big Shots with Dawn French, where he taught Dawn how to strut her stuff on the catwalk and gave her solid advice on how to build an Instagram following.
He then walked the catwalks at London fashion week, worked on campaigns with denim label 7 for All Mankind, alongside other great names Lukas Sabbat, Sarah Jane Adams and Matt Bomer shot in New York by photographer Billy the Kid.
Other work has included a trip to Paris to attend the annual natural Hair Academy festival which saw Farouk walk the runway with some other amazing naturals, a trip to Italy working with Karl Lagerfeld and he has just finished filming with Brit feature film comedy horror Are We Dead Yet? to be released later this year.
Farouk's other passions apart from fashion are toys - and he has made a great effort to become a toy blogger working with Lego, Jakks Pacific, Smuggle and has been to Silverstone for Little Tikes where he got to fly in a helicopter.
Farouk is a keen footballer, dancer, actor and pianist. His favourite subject at school is Maths. It could be said he leads a pretty blessed life with all of these amazing opportunities but he remains thankful, humble and kind thanks to his amazing set of friends and strong faith, which he feels is very important.
Fleur Isted is a mini-influencer often spotted at red carpet film screenings and events, was included as a #risingstarsofinstagram on the Bubble London catwalk, as well as featuring in numerous campaigns individually and her mum, Naomi.
Naomi Isted is a Faşhion Presenter, Influencer and panellist for fashion & travel featured on GMB and E! She is also mum to Rocco. They love working together as an Influencer family for brands such as ITV’s Good Morning Britian, Beaches Resorts, British Airways and parenting maagzines.
Flour lives in Essex with her family.
Meet JD the Kid
"It’s always cool to be a judge and to be asked to be part of The Junior Design Awards panel is super awesome – it’s like making history." JD the Kid
JD The Kid is 13 years old and successfully works with some of the most popular brands including Disney, Warner Bros, Burberry and many more.
Living in London and part of the famous YouTube family Meet The Vloggers who collectively have over 7.9 Million followers across all of their social media platforms.(His older sister is Amazing Arabella - see below).
JD regularly features in kids/teen magazines and has also featured on Globals LBC Radio with Nick Ferrari educating children and parents about keeping safe online.
Meet Amazing Arabella
"Well what a Honour! I remember my first ever modelling job was for Junior Magazine, so I’m excited to be part of this amazing Awards process which highlights fashion and children's brand's from all over the UK." Amazing Arabella
A stand out mini-influencer in the digital world, Amazing Arabella is 14 and has worked with the likes of Disney, Warner Bros, Burberry and many more.
Part of the famous YouTube family Meet The Vloggers who collectively have over 7.9 Million followers across all of their social media platforms. (and older sister to JD the Kid)
Amazing Arabella regularly features in kids/teen magazine and have also featured on Globals LBC Radio with Nick Ferrari educating children and parents about keeping safe online. She has recently been nominated for a Diana Award for her charitable and Inspirational work, and is an ambassadors for WWF and continues to work with Anti-Bullying, World Protection and Diana Award to raise positive awareness to her young fanbase.
Harlow Luna White is a mini fashionista, model, brand amassador and all round mega instagram influencers (to her 70k+ following). Often seen in fashion magazine editorials, campaigns and on the catwalk.
Known for her calm, cool and angelic exterior Harlow's account is managed by her mum, an ex-child model herself Chelsea - a photographer alongside her little brother, Harlen a social influencer in his own right with 200K+ followers.
Harlow lives with here family in Bournemouth.
Suri Gouveia isa mini-fashionista, blogger and fashion influencer. Alongside her mum Sofia - who is pregnant with her second child - they share their daily outfits, musing and shopping secrets out and about in London.
Energetic, kind and creative Suri describes her own style as classic and is very excited about being a judge for the first time.
Meet Fancy Nancy
"#FancyNancyStyle approval doesn’t come easily!" Nancy Aleya
Nancy Aleya is a 4-year old Instagram influencer under the name Fancy Nancy from Tickhill, South Yorkshire. With a vibrant and colourful personality her feed shows in her fashion style of perfectly.
Her account is ran by her mum Fern Weston-Bennett, a social media content creator and mother to 7-year old Seth, also, a stay at home mum who raises her children while her husband lives in London due to work commitments - meaning they all commute between London and Yorskire reguraly.
Nancy is super excited to be on this year’s judging panel and can’t wait to see the entries!