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Swaffham girl is the 'face of McDonalds'

PUBLISHED: 08:26 19 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 08 July 2010

FROM behind the chip fryer to nationwide notoriety - a teenage fast food worker is lovin' her 15 minutes of fame.

FROM behind the chip fryer to nationwide notoriety - a teenage fast food worker is lovin' her 15 minutes of fame.

More than three million pairs of eyes have gazed upon Michaela De'ath since she became the star of a national recruitment drive by fast food super-chain McDonalds.

On Thursday morning the 16-year-old Swaffham girl opened The Sun - the country's best selling newspaper with more than three million readers - and saw a half-page image of herself smiling back off the page.

“It's really good, but embarrassing,” said the teenager. “I can't imagine all those people looking at me. I don't think I would stand up in front of three million people.”

The opportunity came about after Michaela completed a two-week work experience at McDonald's in Swaffham in June.

Falling in love with the restaurant, she entered and won a competition that gives employees the chance to share their tales - and also bagged herself a part-time job, which she now does three days a week around her A-level studies.

Michaela lives in Longfields, Swaffham, with her mother Julie, 45, who also works for McDonalds, and her stepdad David, 50, a lorry driver, and her grandfather Raymond, 70.

Michaela added: “I didn't really want to be cooped up in an office writing, I'm always sitting down at school. I knew it would be quite challenging and wanted to do something hard and fun.”


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