Beauty pageant fi­nal date for mum of two

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - KATHER­INE BAIN­BRIDGE

AMUM of two from Mid­dle­ton is get­ting ready for the na­tional fi­nals of a beauty pageant af­ter be­ing crowned Miss Manch­ester in the re­gional heats.

Emma Mansell took the top prize at the Miss El­e­gant North com­pe­ti­tion in South­port in Novem­ber of last year and will now com­pete for the ti­tle of Miss Bri­tish Isles next month.

She started mod­el­ling again, hav­ing done a bit when she was younger, af­ter be­ing spot­ted on Face­book while ex­plor­ing child mod­el­ling op­tions for her 11-yearold son Bran­don.

Emma, who has lived in Mid­dle­ton since she was four years old, had a port­fo­lio done and was then con­tacted by Model Guides who put her in touch with a tal­ent agency – and the rest is his­tory.

She said: “This is the first time I have ever en­tered a beauty pageant, I am very ex­cited.

“I re­turned to mod­el­ling in Septem­ber last year and I am do­ing pretty well. I am part Swedish and I have short blonde hair, so I have a bit of a dif­fer­ent look to your av­er­age model.

“I have been work­ing pretty hard but I am re­ally en­joy­ing it.”

Emma says she is look­ing for­ward to the Miss Bri­tish Isles con­test, which will take place in Chester on June 18, but she is also ner­vous about it.

“I am very fo­cused and am­bi­tious, but I do get ner­vous like any­one else,” she said. “I just want to do my­self proud, and I re­ally want Manch­ester to be proud of me as well.

“I am a Manch­ester girl through and through and I will be rep­re­sent­ing our great city, so I want to make sure I do a good job.”

As well as Bran­don, Emma has a 16-year-old daugh­ter, Leila.

“My son is a real boys boy,” she said. “He will be com­ing to see me at the fi­nal with my dad, but I think my kids are just a bit be­mused by it to be hon­est. There aren’t many other mums do­ing what I’m do­ing.

“My friends are all re­ally proud of me and I have had a lot of sup­port from them and from the com­mu­nity on Face­book.

“It can be a bit over­whelm­ing some­times – I feel very hum­bled.”

Emma Mansell took the top prize at the Miss El­e­gant North com­pe­ti­tion Lorraine Hinks

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