A novice model from Duffield is aiming to take away a top title.
Christopher Lam, 24, is bidding for honours in the Mr British Isles competition.
He said: “I am in it basically for the money. The prize is £1500 and a modelling contract.
“Models earn a lot of money and modelling can get you into high-status social circles and give you the freedom to travel.
“I believe confidence and a compelling presentation is the key to any practice, especially modelling, which is why I’ve spent the past few years studying how the most successful men of all time project themselves and act to guide me, men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Downey Jr.
“I put a lot of effort into looking as good as possible. I do my best to eat healthily, work out and dress well because people judge you by how you look.
Christopher, who helps his parents out at their takeaway business on New Zealand Lane, said that he was approached by competition organisers to take part. “Thousands of men have applied for this, however I never applied and was asked,” he said.
“They invited me, when they already had more than enough applicants and only a few days before the application date was to end.
“I am new to modelling, but based on this fact alone, I believe I stand a very good chance of winning.”
Christopher, who has a BA in graphic design, will be competing in the contest on Sunday, June 24.
Mr British Isles is open to men over the age of 16 years and takes place annually at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool.
All finalists get free professional photos and professional modelling advice.