IT’S headlines to hemlines for a South Tyneside beauty queen who is hoping to be crowned Miss England later this month – with a little help from the Gazette.
Shannen Steinson, 19, of Ingham Grange, South Shields, is the reigning Miss Newcastle, and, on June 14, she will line up alongside 60 other contestants in Torquay in a bid to land the Miss England title.
As part of the two-day pageant, all the competitors have been asked to prove how eco-friendly they are by taking part in a recycling challenge.
Shannen has decided to design a dress from paper made entirely out of copies of the Shields Gazette.
She popped into the Gazette office in Chapter Row to collect a couple dozen copies of the paper from which to create her outfit.
Over the next few days she will be working alongside her friend and designer Shane Donnelly to come up with a design to wow the judges.
She said: “I thought that, since I have appeared in the Gazette a few times, that I would use it to come up with something really different.
“I’ll be getting up on stage in front of the judges so I’m hoping it makes an impression.”
She added: “When I told my mum what I was planning she said to be careful what headlines to choose”
The former Jarrow School pupil is already a fundraising stalwart.
Last year, she took part in the annual Christmas party organised by the People’s Kitchen beneath the railway arches in Trafalgar Street, Newcastle.
The event helped boost the spirits of more than 200 homeless and vulnerable people living on the streets of the city.
The teenager, an entrant for the Gazette’s Face of 2011 contest and also a former model for South Tyneside clothing company Barbour, doled out food to the homeless at the party.
Shannen the model will also become a judge later this week.
She is to be on the judging panel at Newcastle Civic Centre for the final of Miss Newcastle 2014 on Friday.
Shannen added: “I’m a little nervous but excited about the Miss England final. The winner gains entry to Miss World, wins a holiday to Mauritius and a lot more. It’s a big challenge and a big opportunity.”