SHE’S got the voice - and Olivia Lawson has the looks to match.
The 17-year-old is among 11 budding beauty queens hoping to steal the Miss Sunderland crown.
The girls are limbering up to strut their stuff in next month’s final, which guarantees them a place in the country’s biggest beauty pageant, Miss England.
Among them is Olivia, from Grindon, who’s juggling modelling with being a contestant on BBC’s The Voice.
She said: “I literally don’t stop at the minute with The Voice and Miss Sunderland preparations, but it’s great because they are both completely different things.”
The Grindon Hall Christian School pupil added: “I can’t explain what it would feel like to represent my home city at Miss England. It would be just amazing.”
Fingers crossed, one of these girls could go on to win Miss England.Jodie Breeds, organiser, Miss Sunderland
As part of Miss Sunderland, Olivia has arranged a charity night, where she will perform, at D’Acqua in John Street on April 1
Olivia and the other ten finalists will compete in Miss Sunderland on April 18 at the Best Western Roker Hotel where the girls will face a judging panel that includes Miss England director Angie Beasley.
Organiser Jodie Breeds said: “The girls have been absolutely brilliant, they’ve done really well with all their fund-raising and they’ve done a boot camp, as well as a catwalk training session with Laura Coleman who was Miss England in 2008. So they are really well prepared.
“Winning the Miss Sunderland title is a great opportunity to fly the flag for Sunderland at Miss England and, fingers crossed, one of these girls could go on to win Miss England.”
As well as the Miss Sunderland finalists, the night will include the Mr North East final. The winner of that title will represent the region at Mr England, which will run alongside the Miss England final later in the year.
l Tickets for the Miss Sunderland final cost £35, which includes a three-course meal. For tickets call 567 6565.
• All pictures by Michael Hope Photography.