A TEENAGER from Wearside needs votes to help secure a place in the final of a national beauty pageant.
April Coxon, from Penshaw, has been modelling for two years, working for clothing companies and hair stylists in the region.
When the 16-year-old saw an advert for Miss Teen Great Britain, she took the plunge and applied – and is now a step away from being in the final.
She made it this far by impressing judges with her modelling portfolio and by beating other entrants from the North East.
To make it to the last stage of the contest, which will be held in Blackpool in April, she needs people to vote for her.
The performing arts student, who studies at Gateshead College, said: “It has been my dream to be crowned Miss England from a young age.
“I have performed from being young and done some modelling before.
“I thought about entering beauty pageants to get me noticed, so I decided to enter this one.
“Never in a million years did I expect to get this far – it’s a brilliant feeling.
“I cried when I got the letter. It was truly an amazing feeling. Big things like this don’t usually happen to people like me. I hope people will vote for me.”
As well as securing votes, April also needs to raise £300 for the contest’s chosen charity, Claire House Children’s Hospice in Merseyside.
To help April, visit the Miss Teen Great Britain Facebook page and “like” her photograph.
The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 cash and a contract with a modelling agency.