Mansfield teen celebrates pageant final place

MANSFIELD girl Caitlin Taylor hopes to light up Blackpool with a victorious smile when she takes part in the final of a prestigious teen beauty pageant.

Caitlin Taylor (14) has won the title of Miss Teen Nottinghamshire and is now set to compete in the grand final of the first ever Miss Teen Great Britain beauty contest.

Having already seen off competition from hundreds of teenage girls, Caitlin, who attends The Samworth Church Academy, will be strutting her stuff at the final in Blackpool next month.

Proud mum Cindy Taylor (36), of Wells Close, Mansfield Woodhouse, said that Caitlin really enjoys taking part in pageants, getting a buzz from doing the catwalk shows.

“She’s really shy so it is helping make her more confident,” she said.

“They have an interview section and she really has to have lots of confidence for that and have some idea about where she wants to go in life.”

The pageant also features a fashion show, swimwear and evening wear sections, so Caitlin and her mum are having fun choosing her outfits now.

Miss Teen Great Britain is only the second pageant that Caitlin has taken part in - in February she won the title of Miss Teen Mansfield and went on to compete in the final of the Miss Teen Galaxy contest.

Despite being the youngest finalist, she still managed to pick up a prize, winning the sash for ‘Best Smile’.

Cindy said: “She just looked beautiful and the way she held herself, she looked so elegant.”

Caitlin is really excited to have made it to the grand final of Miss Teen Great Britain, which will be held at the Globe hotel in Blackpool on 25th September.

She said: “There were so many beautiful semi-finalists, I feel it’s a great achievement and I’m looking forward to representing Nottinghamshire.”

Teenagers from across the country will compete for the crown in the spectacular event, with the winner walking away with prizes - including £1,000 and clothes and make up.

Organisers say the contest aims to help teenagers build confidence as well as giving them the chance to make new friends and take part in a glittering event.

Caitlin intends to make full use of her title this year - she has already raised money for Cancer Research and is hoping to do voluntary work for local charities and organisations.