Holly is all set to hit the cat­walk

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

Wishaw teenager Holly Ma­cLean is sit­ting pretty after win­ning through to the semi- fi­nals of a na­tional mod­el­ling com­pe­ti­tion.

Clyde Val­ley High School pupil Holly, 15, has been named as a semi-fi­nal­ist in the an­nual Miss Teen Great Bri­tain Mod­el­ling Con­test after mum, Les­ley, nom­i­nated her.

Holly, of Over­town, has beaten off com­pe­ti­tion from hundreds of other girls aged be­tween 10 and 19 from the length and breadth of the UK to win through to the semis.

“In the Wishaw Press last year, I read about a wee girl from Wishaw who got through in this con­test and thought I’d send in Holly’s pic­tures,” ex­plained Les­ley, a sec­re­tary at Air­bles Road Hos­pi­tal.

“She has never mod­elled be­fore, al­though she danced at the world cham­pi­onships and has been a cheer­leader and she’s re­ally in­ter­ested in fash­ion.”

Fourth year pupil Holly will learn by April whether she has earned a place in the grand fi­nal of Miss Teen Great Bri­tain, which will be held at The Globe in Black­pool in Oc­to­ber.

There girls from across Great Bri­tain will com­pete for the cov­eted crown and spec­tac­u­lar prizes, in­clud­ing £1000.

The week­end of the Miss Teen Great Bri­tain fi­nal is set to be full of fun, with fi­nal­ists en­joy­ing a Beauty Queen Chal­lenge Day and a py­jama diva party.

Mum Les­ley laughed: “She is a wee red­head. But if any­one calls her ‘gin­ger,’ she says: ‘I am straw­berry blonde!’

“Holly al­ways keeps her­self quite calm, al­though she is se­cretly ex­cited to be through to the semi-fi­nals and looks now and again at the pageant site.

“She has not told any of her friends she got to the semi-fi­nals. I am re­ally quite proud of her. It has given her a wee lease of life.”

Last year, the Miss Teen Great Bri­tain Mod­el­ling Con­test raised £ 33,000 for To­gether for Short Lives – a lead­ing UK char­ity for chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing and life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

Pretty as a pic­ture Holly Ma­cLean

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