Teen will head Stateside following national success

Juliette Taylor won the Junior Teen category at the Royal UK Miss pageant. Picture by Ant Bradshaw.
Juliette Taylor won the Junior Teen category at the Royal UK Miss pageant. Picture by Ant Bradshaw.

A Ponteland teenager will travel to the USA next year after catching the eye with her modelling and fund-raising.

Juliette Taylor recently won her first overall national title at the Royal UK Miss pageant in Blackpool. She was successful in the Junior Teen category.

The contest involved a personal interview with the judges for three minutes, an evening-wear round and a fashion-wear round where participants wear more casual clothes.

Efforts to bring in money for good causes and community work were also taken into account.

The 14-year-old and the other category winners will compete in Orlando, Florida, in July 2017 at the Royal International Miss pageant.

Juliette has raised more than £2,000 in total for the charity Together for Short Lives through various activities.

She collected £95 for Pegasus Children’s Project – Royal UK Miss’ nominated charity – in just six days by selling some DVDs, camping equipment and a scooter, and making cakes for her friends to buy.

She said: “When my name was announced as the Junior Teen category winner, I was so happy I cried.

“I was really overwhelmed that I had won a national title.

“I’ve never been to the USA before, so I’m very excited about taking part in the Royal International Miss pageant next year.”

Her latest venture in aid of Together for Short Lives is a series of 2017 calendars.

Photographer Joe Laws agreed to do the pictures for the seven calendars, they are being printed by Cramlington-based printed.com and Neil Anderson is doing all the art work and set-up in his own time to keep the costs down.

The calendar participants are a number of members of the dance schools run by Juliette’s mum Jill and other families who came forward to be involved in the initiative.

The pictures are of girls and boys dressed as fairies and elves. After each shoot, parents came back for a viewing to choose the image of their child that they wanted in the calendar.

Local shops are being sought to sell them – for more information, email jillyerrington@yahoo.co.uk