Teenager Emily needs your help to reach her dream

Emily Shotton.
Emily Shotton.

A WARKWORTH teenager is in the running to be crowned the winner of a national modelling contest – but she needs public votes to help her move closer to her dream.

Emily Shotton has reached the photo heats of the Miss Fresh Teen competition and is now battling it out against other girls to grab a spot in the final.

The 15-year-old, from Morwick Road, admits that progressing would ‘mean everything’ to her and would also help boost her self-esteem.

“I was so surprised when I found out that I had reached the photo heats. I am really happy about it,” said Emily, a pupil at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road.

“It would be such a good opportunity to build my confidence, because I’ve never really had much. I have wanted to get started in the modelling industry for a few years so it would be a great chance to get started and get out there,” she added.

Emily, who also aspires to be a singer, secured her place in the photo heats after attending a fashion shoot at the Fresh Academy in Watford.

The youngster’s heat is now open to the public vote and the top six girls who secure the most support will make it through to the final judging round.

Here, the judges will select one contestant to go through to the Miss Fresh Teen final, to be held later this year, and join other heat winners.

The competition, open to 13 to 19-year-olds, is more than a beauty contest though, and the youngsters will also need to demonstrate good character, charm, poise and personality.

Contestants are also being invited to help raise awareness and funds for national charity Beat, which provides helplines, online support and a network of self-help groups to help adults and young people beat their eating disorders,

Emily, who is hoping to muster enough public support to take her further in the competition, said: “I think it is really important that people realise that these days there are a lot of stick-thin models and it shouldn’t be that way and models shouldn’t be airbrushed so they look perfect. This competition gives people who are not stick-thin the chance to be real models. It is letting you be you.

“I think it would be an amazing opportunity for me to prove to people that you don’t have to be perfect. Nobody is perfect.”

To vote for Emily, visit www.missfreshteen.com/photo-heats

Alternatively, text ‘FRESH TEEN06’ to 84555.

The deadline to vote for Emily is Friday, January 20, at noon.