Cheryl poses in Dagenham Civic Centre for photoshoot

PUBLISHED: 16:12 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:53 01 October 2015

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini visited Dagenham Civic Centre (Picture:PA/Ian West)

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini visited Dagenham Civic Centre (Picture:PA/Ian West)


Paris, Milan, Dagenham. It might seem unlikely, but the borough has joined the global fashion vistas for a new InStyle photoshoot.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at Dagenham Civic Centre (Picture:Tung Walsh/InStyle)Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at Dagenham Civic Centre (Picture:Tung Walsh/InStyle)

Singer and The X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini bypassed the usual A-list hotspots for the feature.

Ignoring the catwalks, yachts and sun-kissed beaches, the former Mrs Cole paid a trip to Dagenham Civic Centre, in Rainham Road North, for the UK monthly fashion magazine.

Contrasting with the stone and marble interiors, the plain backdrop provided an ideal setting for the former Girls Aloud member to showcase an array of colourful autumn and winter trends.

After the shoot Mrs Fernandez-Versini spoke to the publication about her weight loss, resolving marital rows and being dumped from the American version of The X Factor by Simon Cowell.

Cheryl features on the front of the November issue of British InStyleCheryl features on the front of the November issue of British InStyle

The Grade II-listed Civic Centre has already found fame as the backdrop for Tom Hardy musical mystery thriller film London Road, which was released in June.

Earlier this year, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelit vigil, led by Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, to show their support for the threatened building.

The centre was believed to be earmarked for conversion into a school by Barking and Dagenham Council – despite indications last year that the proposal had been dropped under the weight of resistance.

Its conversion had been suggested as a means of finding savings for frontline services amid far-ranging cuts.

To read the feature with Cheryl in full, see the November issue of British InStyle on sale now and also available as a digital edition through Apple Newsstand.

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