Lightwood teenager beats hundreds to reach final stages of modelling competition
TEENAGER Nicole Horton is hoping her experience infront of the camera will propel her into the finals of a national modelling competition.
The aspiring actress and model from Lightwood has seen off the challenge of hundreds of girls to reach the final stages of Miss Teen UK.
Nicole, aged 15, right, is now among more than 50 hopefuls looking to land one of the two final places of the contest.
But the latter stages of the competition will be decided by a public vote.
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She said: "I saw the competition on the internet and thought I would go for it as I really enjoy modelling."
Mum Madeleine Lloyd, aged 47, who works as a driving instructor hopes her large family will register enough votes to put Nicole into the last two.
Madeleine, who has another daughter, Sally Horton, aged 22, said: "I have four brothers and three sisters and Nicole must have about 25 cousins so they will all get behind her.
"When she told me about the competition I thought it would be really good for her to enter it as it will give her more confidence.
"I think she has a good chance as she is tall, slim and pretty."
Nicole's journey in the contest began about four months ago when she submitted a photograph.
Judges then invited her to London, where she took part in a photoshoot at the NW5 Studios in Camden.
She said: "It went really well and they did seem quite impressed and said that I was a natural so I was pleased about that."
But standing infront of the lens is nothing new to the Blythe Bridge High School pupil.
Last year she appeared as an extra in the BBC One show Waterloo Road.
She said: "It is filmed in Rochdale so I went there for about four days to do the filming. Although I would have liked to have had an acting part it was still a really good experience."
Nicole hopes the competition will act as a starting point to a career in modelling and fashion.
"I am only 15 but I would like to do some catwalk modelling", she said.
"I am really interested in the fashion side of things and I have started to make my own prom dress just to be a little bit different."
Nicole is in the Teen Princess Hearts category – a section for contestants aged between 13 and 15.
And she will also face competition from a fellow Potteries model as 14-year-old Heidi Cox, of Packmoor is also hoping to get enough votes to reach the final stage.
Nicole added: "I just hope people will vote for me."
Nicole's picture is expected to appear online today. For information on voting visit www.missteenqueenuk.com.