Local teen in semi finals of Miss Teen Great Britain 2013

A DUNMURRY teenager has been selected as a semi finalist in Miss Teen Great Britain 2013.

Rachel Lindsay, 16, fought off thousands of rivals to become a semi finalist in the national beauty pageant for 13 to 19-year-olds.

Rachel is required to undertake charity work and fundraising as part of the selection process for the competition.

As a result she is currently raising money for Clare House Children’s Hospice, the chosen charity of the pageant, through baking cakes and cupcakes.

Rachel said: “I am very excited to be given this opportunity.

“I decided to become involved with this particular pageant as it gives opportunity to meet new people, raise money for charities and to get dressed up. I have never been confident about my appearance, however, as I grow up I realize that so many things contribute to making a person beautiful. As the judging of this competition is largely based on personality I am hoping I can shine in this area though interview.

“The final takes place in Blackpool this summer over the weekend. It consists of events where the finalists get to know each other - for example at the pyjama diva party.”

The talented young lady who is a member of the Belfast Talent School says she is excited about the competition but her main focus is her education.

“I am currently studying for 10 and a half GCSE’S. There are many areas I could go into in the future from doing these subjects including Medicine and Law, but as I am still young I have aspirations to continue with performing arts and make my way to drama school. My dad died at the age of 36 and therefore knowing how life is a gift I believe it important to pursue your passions.”

The winner will be decided at the end of the summer and will receive an incredible prize package – including £1,000.