A brave little girl from Wearside has overcome her ongoing health battles to win a crown in her first pageant.
Ocean May Jones from Birtley Close, East Herrington, suffers from an immune deficiency and faces daily struggles as she learns how to cope with the effects of her condition.
But the inspirational six-year-old didn’t let that stop her from coming second place at her very first competition, called ‘A Pageant Life.’
The East Herrington Primary Academy pupil beat off the competition from numerous other girls at the live final, held at the Best Western Hotel in Hartlepool.
The talented little girl strutted her stuff in front of judges and a live audience, before finding out she had come second place.
Delighted mum Rachel, 32, said she couldn’t be more proud of her little girl.
She said: “Ocean has an immune deficiency, but has not let it stop her.
“I am absolutely over the moon and we are all so proud of her.”
On the night the girls taking part were split into three age categories to win the corresponding title - Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss A Pageant Life.
Ocean, who was sponsored for the competition by hairdressers Jade Thomasson and Luca Gabrielle at Kaedere Hair and Beauty, took part in three rounds; a black dress round, a contemporary dance routine and an evening wear round.
Mum-of-two Rachel said the whole family came along to cheer her on.
“It was her first pageant so we didn’t know what to expect, but she has done really well,” she said.
“Coming second place is absolutely brilliant.
“She has had health problems since she was a baby, but she has come a long ways since then, as doctors thought she might not even talk.
“She was diagnosed around the age of two with Hemoglobin A, which means she has an immune deficiency and has ear infections constantly.
“This affects her hearing - she is hard of hearing - and it also affects her balance.
“She is on daily medication for it, but she never complains and always wants to help other people.
“Recently she has been growing her own fruit and vegetables in the garden and gave them to a food bank to help people.
“She is kind-hearted, loving, caring and is a beautiful girl inside as well as out.”