With brains and beauty, Sheffield schoolgirl Emma Hopkinson is hoping she has the winning combination.
The 16-year-old beat stiff competition from young ladies across the city to be crowned this year’s Miss Teen Sheffield – and now she is bidding for the national title.
Emma, of John Hibbard Crescent, Woodhouse, is preparing for her first foray into the world of pageants ahead of the Miss Teen Great Britain final in Blackpool at the end of this month.
But the Aston Academy pupil, who harbours an ambition to work in a foreign embassy, was at first reluctant to take part in the competition.
She said: “Some had mentioned modelling or pageants, but they were just my family and friends – they’re going to say that.
“I was surprised when I got through to the semi-final.
“They asked me set questions to find out what sort of person I am and about what I hope to achieve and then judged it based on my answer and picture.
“It’s not the stereotypical pageant I thought it would be – it’s changed my preconception of them.”
Emma – who lives at home with her mum Christine and 18-year-old brother Richard – will spend the next few weeks raising money for Miss Teen Great Britain’s chosen charity, the Claire House Children’s Hospice, based on the Wirral.
The grand final will take place at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s The Globe Theatre over three days, kicking off on Saturday, August 31.
And if the thought of that was not nerve-wracking enough, Emma will get her GCSE results the week before.
She said: “I think I’ve got the grades I wanted. I worked hard, but you always wonder if you’ve worked hard enough.
“I’m really excited to go to Blackpool and meet all of the other girls.
“I’ve got lots of family coming to watch.
“I am representing the city so I want to do Sheffield proud.”