Pretty as a picture and setting her sights high is a Doncaster mum who has launched her own entertainment business.
Sharlene Rainey, aged 27, of Beckett Road in Wheatley, is a singer, songwriter, dancer and model – and now has the dream of becoming Miss British Empire Jamaica on her agenda.
Sharlene, the mum of six-year-old Taliah, first tried her hand at the world of beauty pageants just last month competing in the Miss Yorkshire event at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.
She explained how the whole thing came about.
“Several months ago I launched my own business – Sharlereign – in the entertainment industry covering singing, acting and modelling and I’ve been doing various shoots and stuff.
“Through this I got involved in the Miss Yorkshire pageant and I came second. it was a great experience.
“There were two reasons I did it – one is because it’s age capped and it was probably the last chance I would have to take part.
“Also I thought it would be a good platform for my business.”
Initially Sharlene had to take part in castings in Dewsbury.
“There were 385 girls in total and I became a finalist and had to attend a boot camp which involved workshops in things such as confidence building and cat walk training.
“It was a really nice, fun, experience and took over four months in total.
“We were whittled down to 12 finalists and had to take part in sections including formal, original outfit and bikini.”
Sharlene explained that her friend, and fellow Doncaster model, Charlotte Lister, 26, of Bentley, has now got her involved in working towards Miss British Empire Jamaica – a newly established national title.
“I am mixed raced, my grandmother came from Jamaica so I am third generation Jamaican.”
She added: “I just want to be successful with my business and live comfortably with my daughter.
“She idolises her mum 100 per cent and she backs me 100 per cent.
“She’s amazing, she follows me round the house singing, training her own vocal chords.
“She admires me, I’m her role model.”
Event is backed by BBC TV Waterloo Road star Kaya
The Miss Yorkshire Beauty Pageant is an event designed to identify young women who epitomise the key qualities of leadership, talent, motivation and the celebrates beauty, style and fashion.
The competition includes participants from Yorkshire and the Humber region.
This year’s final took place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds and was supported by former BBC TV Waterloo Road star Kaya Moore.
Miss Yorkshire Beauty Pageant has been promoting and fundraising for Cash for Kids across Yorkshire with the ‘Donate a Quid’ campaign.
People can help them reach the £200,000 target by texting MISS69 to 70070 to give £1.