A GARSTANG student has won a place in a national beauty pageant final.
Sofia Madera, 17, who lives at Bowgreave, will compete in the Miss Teen Great Britain contest after being picked to represent her home town.
Proud mum Julia entered her into the competition without her knowing and said she was totally surprised to discover she had made it through.
It is the first time the former Garstang High School pupil has entered a beauty pageant contest. She previously did some modelling work as a youngster.
Julia said: “She wasn’t over keen at first but then decided to give it a go and she is quite excited about it now.
“I thought it would be good for her for a confidence boost, it’s something different, something to try and a new experience.
“We’ll all be there to support her.”
Sofia, who is half Italian and is currently studying her A-Levels at Cardinal Newman College, will face 63 other competitors in the final.
Popular teen magazine ‘Shout’ is sponsoring the glamourous event, which will be held at The Globe Theatre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach on September 25.
The winner will take home £1,000, a photoshoot with a leading photographic studio and an introduction to a modelling agency.