Hartlepool teenager bids to be a national champion

Amelia McLeod.
Amelia McLeod.

A Hartlepool teenager could be just days away from achieving her dream of winning a national modelling competition.

Amelia McLeod, 14, is through to the finals of the Junior Miss British Isles contest and she will find out her fate this weekend.

Amelia McLeod.

Amelia McLeod.

The English Martyrs student will travel to Chester for the finals on Sunday where she will compete for prizes which include a modelling contract, a website which is being specially designed for the winner, and a crown.

Proud mum Barbara, 41, said the success may not end there either. “It puts her in good stead for future opportunities with other agencies as well.”

Amelia reached the national finals by winning the Junior Miss County Durham East section and it was the ideal win for her, said her mum.

Barbara said: “She always wanted to go into modelling and has had opportunities but she did not want to do that during school hours.”

She always wanted to go into modelling and has had opportunities but she did not want to do that during school hours

Barbara McLeod

Determined Amelia is totally committed to her education and has a 100 per cent attendance rate at school.

But the Junior Miss British Isles contest is a perfect fit because it is held on a weekend.

Barbara, who said Amelia has been sponsored by K2B of Park Road in Hartlepool, added; “She will not miss any of her schooling and it has put her off competitions in the past but this came up and it does not interfere with her schooling.”

Barbara, who is also mum to Amelia’s ten-year-old brother Cameron, runs the Hartlepool Blind Welfare organisation in Avenue Road in the town, .

Amelia McLeod.

Amelia McLeod.

Now comes the national stage at a hotel in Chester and Barbara explained more of how the competition will take place.

“There will be a catwalk competition with three outfits and they are summer dresses, evening dresses and casual wear. The winner will be decided there and then.”

Among the other prizes for the winner are a Junior Miss British Isles winners sash, flowers, and photo-shoots in the UK.

There will also be make-over shoot for the winner with either their best friend or a member of their family.

Other categories will also be contested and they include Miss British Isles, Miss Teen British Isles, and Miss British Isles Elegance.