Teighan crowned the cutest kid in Scot­land

Cam­bus­lang girl grows in con­fi­dence with ev­ery pageant

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A shy Cam­bus­lang girl has been named the ‘cutest kid in Scot­land’ as her mum says com­pet­ing in beauty pageants has brought the young­ster out of her shell.

Teighan McCaf­ferty was crowned the win­ner of the mini cutest kids cat­e­gory last month at only her third ever pageant.

The seven year old im­pressed judges after mod­el­ling two dresses - one made out of news­pa­per - and speak­ing to them about her ef­forts to fight bul­ly­ing in an in­ter­view round.

The St Charles Pri­mary pupil was gifted a fam­ily hol­i­day to Ma­jorca as her prize.

But mum Natalie McCaf­ferty says Teighan’s new found con­fi­dence is the price­less gift beauty pageants have given her.

Natalie, who lives in Drumsagard with hus­band Wil­liam and chil­dren Mor­gan, Teighan and Marco, said: “I’m super proud of her. I can’t be­lieve it.

“Teighan was very shy and that’s why I put her into the pageants. It has brought her out of her shell and she’s turned into a con­fi­dent wee girl who wants to help oth­ers.

“It’s not re­ally about beauty, it’s about what’s in­side and help­ing oth­ers.”

Teighan joined Mod­els and Pageants UK Ltd last year and has been signed up to model at Glas­gow and Aberdeen fash­ion weeks at the start of 2017.

And the young­ster has been learn­ing more about the char­ity sup­ported by Mod­els and Pageants UK called United To­gether.

A move­ment that fights cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion, United To­gether has taught Teighan about the im­por­tance of be­ing a good cit­i­zen and equal­ity.

Natalie added: “Pageants in­volve a lot of char­ity work so we are rais­ing aware­ness of the United To­gether fund. It sup­ports fam­i­lies and pro­vides coun­selling ser­vices to chil­dren who have been bul­lied and adults as well.

“I have spo­ken to Teighan about how peo­ple get dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause of their colour, how kids tease each other and I have ex­plained that we don’t do that, that ev­ery­one gets treated the same no mat­ter how dif­fer­ent they are.”

Natalie and Teighan will be com­plet­ing a spon­sored walk for United To­gether on June 26 when they will be joined by friends and fam­ily in walk­ing three miles around Glas­gow City Cen­tre.

Teighan, who loves swim­ming and danc­ing, is also look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in more pageants in the near fu­ture.

Cutest Teighan was crowned win­ner of the mini cutest kids cat­e­gory

Model Teighan has been signed up by Mod­els and Pageants UK Ltd

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