A TEENAGE beauty queen has launched her own competition to help other local youngsters pursue their modelling dreams while raising money for charity.
Ellie Farrell represented the borough at the national Dream Street Beauty pageant last Sunday, narrowly missing out on the top prize to secure the People’s Choice and Miss Teen Charity crowns.
The 13-year-old even sported a homemade dress made of her favourite local paper, the Solihull News, to personify Solihull in the ‘quirky dress’ category.
Now she’s teamed up with the local Animated Dance Academy to launch Model Search, giving teenagers the chance to win a professional photoshoot.
Mum Caroline said: “I’m very proud. She’s not your typical pageant girl. She’s quite a shy, timid little thing. “Through the pageants she’s been able to come out of herself.
“Ellie’s hoping to show it’s not all rollers, sequins and fake tan.”
Siobhan Abbey, Ellie’s aunt, said people’s bad perceptions of pageants were often unfounded.
“People are there to raise their confidence. Some have been bullied for being pretty or not being pretty enough. Ellie was bullied quite badly and this boosted her confidence a lot.”
The competition, which has already gained 12 entrants with some coming from as far as Newcastle, offers the chance to win a photoshoot with Dream Street Models worth around £100 plus runners up prizes.
It is £10 to enter and spectator tickets are £3, with all money to go to Arthritis UK.
To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org.