Introducing Miss Teen Hartlepool: 'It’s all about helping out in your community'
A sixth form student hopes to be crowned Miss Teen Great Britain later this year.
Chloe, 18, from the Burn Valley area of Hartlepool was due to take part in the big final in 2020 until the event was postponed because of the ongoing pandemic.
However, the Hartlepool Sixth Form College student was allowed to keep her Miss Teen Hartlepool title and hopes to clinch the national crown when she faces 60 other finalists in Blackpool on October 25.
Chloe, who earned a place in the final after competing against hundreds of girls, said: "I have fallen in love with the pageant community and I couldn’t picture my life now without pageants in it, it takes up so much of my time.
"I honestly love it, I couldn’t think of anything better to do. “
The health and social care student used to model for Babies R Us and Toys R Us when she was younger.
But she only started competing in pageants when she went into college.
Chloe has been trying to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health as well as doing food bank collections.
Addressing the stereotypes surrounding beauty pageants, she said: "There’s so many misconceptions about pageants. Probably from the olden days when pageants were the tall, slim, pretty girls. However, it has changed so much.
"There are such an incredible, diverse pageants these days and it’s honestly amazing.
"I have pageant friends – family, really – from over the world, all different backgrounds, all different ethnicities.
"It’s much more than what you look like. It’s all about now helping out in your community, doing as much as you can in your title.
Chloe hopes winning will help her raise more awareness for the causes she cares about and plans to create a podcast about people’s mental health experiences.
She said: "It would mean the world to me. I have worked so hard this year, especially through Covid. I’ve been out in my community doing as much as I possibly could.
While she will be starting a nursing degree in the autumn, she adds: "I definitely think I won’t stop competing after when I move to uni. I think I will be in the pageant industry for life now.”
Chloe is sponsored by Miss Sally’s Bow Chique and Luminosity Makeup.