A teenage beauty queen is hoping to bring a title back home to South Tyneside.
Esme Phillips is heading to Blackpool next month for the finals of Miss Junior Teen Great Britain.
The 15-year-old, of Thames Road, Hebburn, is the current Miss Junior Teen Tyne and Wear, and is hoping to take the crown when she competes against girls from around the country.
She’s been to the contest once before, at the age of 13.
Esme, who is also a former Miss Teen Galaxy Tyne and Wear, said: “My friend, Harriet Lane, has done lots of pageants – she’s actually the current Miss Junior Teen Great Britain, and my mam suggested I should try out for one.
“It’s always a great atmosphere and I really enjoy taking part in pageants and meeting new people.
“Harriet is from North Shields and if I win she’ll present me with the sash and crown, so that would be nice, and I’d like to keep the title in the North East too.
“I’m a bit nervous for the final but because I’ve done others before I know what to expect and it’s not as scary now.”
Esme was first featured in the Gazette in March 2011 when, as a 10-year-old, she landed a part in a production of the ballet Coppelia – despite being born with a condition that made her feet point almost 90 degrees the wrong way.
The youngster had been told by doctors that she could face a major operation, or she could try ballet, which might help.
Three years later, she secured a part in English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia at the Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle.
Esme, a pupil at Durham High School for Girls, is also raising cash for charity as part of the competition.
So far she’s raised just under £2,500 for the pageant’s chosen causes, Marie Curie and Together For Short Lives.
As part of the contest, Esme has made appearances, including one at a Doctor Who convention when she was dressed as one of the Doctor’s former companions, Leela, and has organised charity nights, such as evenings with drag queen Bella Bluebell.
Esme will showcase three different looks at the finals; fashion, evening wear, and an outfit that shows off her personality.
She’ll also have an interview and the chance to win other titles, including Miss Charity and Miss Congeniality.
She added: “I’m really proud that I’ve managed to raise so much money for the charities and I’ve had a lot of fun taking part.
“I didn’t imagine I’d raise so much so I’m really pleased and I’m hoping it goes well next month because I’d love to win.”