Fourteen-year-old Coley Watson, once a very shy teenager who found herself last year a semi-finalist in the 2015 Miss Junior Teen Great Britain, is now celebrating being chosen as a finalist in the prestigious contest.
The Longridge High School pupil was selected out of hundreds of girls and is now Miss Junior Teen Preston. She says the judges loved her answers to the on-line questionnaire and the submitted photograph, both part of the contest requirements, plus and the photo giving her a ‘great look.’
Coley is now being sponsored by her family and friends and has also raised £157 for Together For Short Lives charity.
She, her dad and her friend Beth walked 23 miles along the Guild Wheel, later receiving a thank you letter and certificate from the charity.
She says she is happy to help with any other fundraising events people are holding, but at the moment is concentrating on finding the essential two dresses needed for the competition.
With mum Maxine, she has already found the fashion-wear dress – a short red sparkly one by Jovani – but needs one for evening.
“We will be visiting The Dress Studio in Warrington for her evening wear,” said Maxine. “She also needs shoes and is really excited – and can’t wait to continue buying!”
During the final, which is in October at The Globe at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Coley will be judged in three different sections... fashion wear, interview and evening wear.
During the weekend of the final the finalists will take part in a “Beauty Queen Challenge Day”, photo shoots, the “Miss Teen Great Britain Pyjama Diva Party” and will compete for the Miss Junior Teen Great Britain crown.
Coley is delighted with her success so far as she would love to be a model or be an actress. Currently she enjoys netball and dance and spending time with family and friends.
Her home is in Grimsargh with parents Darrell and Maxine and 16-year-old brother Cameron. And she inherits her red hair from her great grandmother, Gladys Robinson, who lives in Longridge.
But when she was just a bit older than Coley – at the age of 17 – Gladys won the Harvest Queen Beauty Competition in Goosnargh and was picked as the winner by Sir Tom Finney.
With her interests in modelling and acting, Coley attended a casting lin 2013 at Lime Pictures Studios in Liverpool for the part of Peri Lomax in the popular soap Hollyoaks.
Although she did not get the part, she was told she put in a great audition and felt that this, in itself, was an achievement in overcoming her earlier tendency to shyness.
Coley had previously been signed with a modelling agency, but has now put this to one side for the time being to enable her to concentrate on her school work and studies.
For the final at The Globe, sixty girls have been chosen to compete in the grand final, and it was a panel of judges from the contests’s head office which selected Coley and the other finalists from them as online semi finalists.