CONFIDENT Sophia Malik is ready to shine on stage at the Miss Teen Great Britain beauty pageant.
The 15-year-old is performing in the finals of the Miss Junior Teen section and has her eyes on first prize.
I’m going to enjoy doing the catwalk and getting all the experience with getting the photos takenSophia Malik
Without any corporate sponsor, Sophia fought her way through the semi-finals and was voted through to the competition’s finale through an online poll.
She is the only girl competing from Gosport and is determined to represent the town well.
She says: ‘It’s quite exciting to look forward to.
‘I’m going to enjoy doing the catwalk and getting all the experience with getting the photos taken.
‘It should be a fun couple of days and I cannot wait. It was exciting just to get to the semi-finals.
Sophia and her mum Sarah found out she had made it through to the final three weeks ago. Since then, Sophia has been preparing for the night in Blackpool and hopes to use the pageant as way to improve her modelling.
She is hoping the popularity of the event will show people across the country her modelling abilities.
Sophia started modelling last year and is a registered model with Portsmouth-based modelling agency Tulip Models.
But her mother knows that while this is an incredible opportunity, she shouldn’t let it be her only focus.
Sarah said: ‘Sophia is academic anyway, so I told her just to enjoy it.
‘If anything comes of it then I told her “it can be another option for you”.’
The event takes place on October 26 and October 27 at The Globe, Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. There will be variety of prizes for the contestants to win as well as further opportunities for modelling across Britain and the world.