A SCHOOLGIRL will represent the county after making it through to the finals of a national beauty pageant.
Britney Leather, 13, from Cotswold Place, in Peterlee, has beat off tough competition from thousands of other hopefuls to make it to the finals of the Miss Junior Teen GB contest.
The St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School student appeared in the Mail in February describing how she made it to the semi-finals.
She had impressed judges with her views on changes in adolescence and how having braces on her teeth need not be a barrier to her achievements.
Her new title is Miss Junior Teen County Durham, and she will represent the county at the final, which will be held at The Globe, in Blackpool on August 29.
She will line up against other regional finalists from around the country in the hope of lifting the overall crown.
Her proud mum Gemma Thompson, a client services manager for Home Group, who is married to Tees Valley Housing worker Robert Thompson and also mum to Aaron Leather, 15, and Grace Thompson, eight, said: “She will be going for the title of Miss Junior Teen Great Britain, there were thousands of people who applied.
“We are absolutely thrilled and proud.”
The event prides itself on not just being a beauty contest, with 50 per cent of the final mark based on a personal interview.
The overall winner walks away with incredible prizes including £500, jewellery, clothes and an introduction to a top modelling agency to help further their career.