Teenage dream for Lia

Lia Riley, 16, is through to the grand final of the Miss Teen GB competition
Lia Riley, 16, is through to the grand final of the Miss Teen GB competition
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Sweet 16-year-old Lia Nicole Riley is hoping to achieve a teen dream when she represents the area in a national beauty contest.

Lia, from North Shore, has reached the grand final of the Miss Teen Great Britain competition.

The event will take place here in Blackpool, in The Globe at the Pleasure Beach, in October – when the girls will take part in a catwalk show, photoshoot, challenge day and a diva pyjama party and the winner will be crowned.

The contest aims to be about more than girls being a pretty face – it promotes charity work, it encourages girls to make friends and aims to build confidence.

The interview section of the competition counts for half of the total marks.

Lia, who has just finished her GCSE year at St Mary’s High School and hopes to go back to the school in the sixth form, said: “I was really excited, but really surprised.

“I didn’t expect to get through to the grand final.

“I had to send in photos of myself to be judged and answer questions to show my personality.

“I’m looking forward to the final.”

But Lia isn’t planning on beauty or modelling for a career – she has ambitions to work as a radiographer and go on to become a sonographer, performing ultrasounds.

She said: “Both my aunties are sonographers and I find it really interesting.

“I’m really interested in science and biology and it’s something I really want to do.”

In her spare time, Lia enjoys dancing and regularly attends the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre, in Fleetwood.

If she wins, she hopes to use her title to support the fund-raising of the dance school, which donates profits from its bi-annual Twinkletoes show at the Opera House to local good causes.

Lia is already planning charity events and fund-raising efforts in the run-up to the final.

Her proud mum Michelle, whose idea it was to enter the contest, said: “It started when she wanted to get a job last year, but with her only being 15, she couldn’t.

“I saw a beauty competition for Miss Galaxy and thought it was a worth a try.

“We didn’t actually go through with it at the time, as Lia was so busy with schoolwork and exams, but she entered this one and made it through to the grand final.

“I’m really pleased and proud of her.”

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