Three Chorley women who will go to the Miss Lancashire finals on October 18 share their stories.
Jodie Doherty, an 18-year-old former Albany Academy School pupil, said: “Since being selected as a finalist for Miss Lancashire, I have been noticed more by more modelling companies, which has been a shock.
“Winning the title means going ahead to represent our Chorley town as a role model, and carry on with the fund-raising work for local charities.
“I have been raising money for Derian House Children’s Hospice and will carry on to do so when the competition has finished, title or not.”
She is also taking part in the ‘Face of the Globe’ pageant this weekend and added: “These kind of competitions are not just about showing beauty on stage and walking down a cat walk; they’re about being your own individual and supporting your hometown and Lancashire.
“The winner of Miss Lancashire will, amongst other prizes, win a place in Miss England where she will have a chance to go on to Miss World, where the main prize is $100,000.”
Emma Oldroyd, 24, from Brinscall, said: “I’m very proud of where I come from and even though I’ll be representing the whole of Lancashire if I win, I am and forever will be a Chorley lass.
“I am currently working as a receptionist for the Pines Hotel and although I really enjoy it, entering a pageant is a dream I’ve had from a young age.
“A little bit about me – I’m an avid horse rider and I love fitness. I was in The Royal Air Force for just under four years and I really loved my time in the forces.
“Since leaving I started working local to Chorley and then decided to travel to New Zealand on a working holiday visa, where I joined a modelling agency and also worked in restaurants.
“On my way back to the UK I visited Azerbaijan and became the food and beverage manager for the European Games which where held there.
“It’s been a busy few years and my life has gone from being in the military to joining a modelling agency and now fulfilling a childhood dream. It’s very exciting and I feel blessed to have this opportunity.
“All of the girls in the final are from all over Lancashire and they are all lovely – best of luck girls!
“I have a set target of £200 to raise money for charity through my pageant.
“I am raising money for the Variety charity which supports children and young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.
“I am holding a Party at the Pines on Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, on September 26 from 7pm.”
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Holly Taylor-Smith said: “In August, I helped the Chorley Photographic Society by modelling for them at Liverpool Castle, Rivington. There were several photographers who were all taking turns to take photos.
“This helped to develop my own modelling skills as well as the photographers, and it was a very successful shoot.
“As part of the final, each girl must try to raise as much money for charity as possible. The chosen charity is Variety, the children’s charity.
“Also in August, I held my first charity photoshoot. In total there were five models including myself, who each donated £10 to the charity.
“We also had one of the model’s parents selling Variety badges, and handing out leaflets to members of the public, to try and raise awareness of such a wonderful cause.”
“Another way I am raising awareness is by going to schools and talking about the charity to smash the stereotypes of the Miss England competition.
“Many people have the idea that beauty pageants are about who is the best looking and who is the best at strutting the catwalk. This is wrong.]#
“While there is a catwalk as part of the final, each girl also has to show they have the right mentality and personality.
“It is also about representing your local area and being a role model to others.
To raise this awareness, I will be visiting Rivington Foundation Primary School and talking in classes and an assembly, which will be a wonderful experience, as I am a former pupil there.”
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