A ROCESTER teenager is hoping to receive a crown fit for a queen as she competes to be named Miss Teen Queen UK.
Jessica Preston, of Westgate Close, was scouted to take part in the competition after being spotted at Move It, in London, a place where people can meet with acting and dance school representatives.
The 16-year-old was asked if she would have her picture taken as she walked past the Teen Queen area, signed a few papers and thought nothing more of it.
However, a month later she received an e-mail saying she had got through to the next round so she headed back down to London where she had her hair and make-up done for a photo shoot.
The pictures were sent off to a panel of judges and out of 80 girls in Jessica’s heat, she was chosen to be one of the 50 that went through to the next round.
All of the girls were then put onto the Teen Queen website and had to get the public to vote to be in the top two.
Unfortunately Jessica was not one of the chosen ones but luck swung her way when one of the competitors pulled out and she was picked by the judges to step into her place.
She said: “It is just amazing especially as I got in through being scouted.
“I was in London anyway looking at colleges and someone approached me saying they thought I would be good at it.
“I really didn’t think that anything would come of it as there were 19,500 girls in the competition.
“To get this far is just amazing. It is a beauty pageant competition that is looking for girls who are not only pretty on the outside, but are really nice on the inside as well.”
Now she faces more challenges before she can be in with a chance of being crowned the overall winner.
Jessica has received a list of things she needs to do which includes finding catwalk outfits with white jeans for one, a gown for another and something representing her English culture as the third.
She also has to write 100 words on why she is inspirational and has been challenged to raise as much money as possible for the Allambie Orphanage.
The Allambie Orphanage is in Vietnam and provides shelter, food, education and emotional support to the children in desperate need of some help.
Jessica said: “They think a lot about their future and the long term project is to educate the children to such a level that they can then get them into apprenticeships with company’s in different industries and get them jobs and roof over their head where they will then be able to become independent.
“Also if their grades are good enough they can get them to university.
“The orphanage is more of a home were they are loved, helped, encouraged and cared for in a strong family environment.”
Miss Teen Queen UK has two categories – Teen Princess is for girls between 13 and 15 and Teen Queen for 16 to 19 year olds.
The winner of Teen Queen will go on to represent her nation around the world.
There is also categories for Miss Photogenic, Miss Catwalk, Miss Inspirational, Miss Charity, Miss Fake Bake and Miss Designer.