A beauty queen from Hemel Hempstead has made it to the finals of a national pageant.
Freya Clark, 17, already holds the title of Miss Teen Hertfordshire 2019 and will be competing for the Great Britain title in Blackpool this October against lots of other finalists from around the country.
Freya explained that she first got involved in the competition three years ago.
She said: “I’ve been dancing for ten years and it’s something I’d seen advertised. It’s really a confidence thing and I decided to enter. It’s a great experience and I made so many friends.”
After she won the Junior Teen Dacorum and Teen Dacorum as well as the Miss Hertfordshire titles, Freya is now set to make her national debut later this year.
She said: “It is much bigger. I’m becoming more known and its will be more competitive. There’s more people to meet and I’ll be building links around the country.”
In the competition itself, which is held over two days, Freya will spend the first day getting to know her fellow competitors with a day of activities and team building before a party is held on the first night.
Day two is when the competition starts to heat up. That will comprise rehearsals, interviews with judges, a fashion round and an evening round before the overall winner is chosen.
After she finished in third place last year, Freya, a student at the Fashion Retail Academy in London, is understandably confident about her chances this year – although she does not want to pursue a career as a professional beauty queen.
She commented: “My whole life revolves around fashion so I’m hoping to go into that field. Pageants have really helped my confidence.”
During Freya’s year as Miss Teen Hertfordshire, She is currently raising money for the charity, Together For Short Lives and will hold a ‘glam gala’ at the end of September at Nuffield Health Centre.