Deven Pledger has made it into the national final of Miss Teen Queen UK after a gruelling month-long public vote.
The dazzling 16-year-old, who entered the competition with 12,000 other hopefuls, is now down to the last 32 of the contest.
And the Hockley Heath teenager will battle it out in three catwalk events and a public speaking competition at Wilton Hall in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, on August 13.
The former Henley-in-Arden pupil was featured in the Solihull News last month and Deven thanked our readers for their votes which helped her through to the final.
“I am really thrilled to be in the final of such an important modelling competition.
“I cannot tell you how very grateful I am to those Solihull News readers who voted for me,” she said.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Deven as, apart from campaigning for votes, she completed her GCSE exams.
And she also gave a rousing performance of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll” at a recent school leavers concert.
Prior to the event, she also has to tackle a fund raising challenge for the Philip Green Memorial Trust, one of the competition sponsors.
She said she is particularly pleased to be supporting the trust, which helps sick and disabled children lead more normal lives, as she herself has battled with ME for over three years. “If I win the Teen Queen crown, it might give hope to others who have suffered ME and other serious illnesses,” added Deven.
The winner of Miss Teen Queen will receive £5,000 worth of prizes and represent the United Kingdom in an international beauty pageant.