Fighting back against bullying

Hollie Robinson has been crowned Miss Poulton Le Fylde
Hollie Robinson has been crowned Miss Poulton Le Fylde
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It’s celebration time again for Hollie Robinson.

The Poulton beauty has added the title of Miss Poulton-le-Fylde International to her series of pageant wins.

The 22-year-old has previously been Miss Blackpool Town in 2009, Miss West Lancashire in 2011 and Miss Blackpool in 2011.

She has been in the final of the Miss England contest on several occasions, and later this year will take part in the finals of Miss International and Intercontinental 2014.

She was also the Blackpool representative in the G Casino Search For a Model competition, getting into the top five in the country.

And Hollie hopes to become a good, positive role model and raise the profile of a charity very close to her heart.

Hollie, who works as a estate agent lettings negotiator, said: “After taking part in my first competition, I enjoyed the experience so much I have kept doing it.

“I was so pleased to win and represent Poulton – my hometown. I’ve represented Blackpool, I’ve represented West Lancashire, and now Poulton.

“I am excited about the Miss International competition, as it’s the first time I have done this contest.

“Taking part in the competitions really does give you a confidence boost.

“I’ve made some great friends through it, including from all over the country in the Miss England competition.

“It really is a great experience.”

Hollie is setting up her own online beauty pageant called Miss Anti-Bullying, in a bid to raise awareness and money for her chosen charity, Beat Bullying.

As part of the Miss International competition, contestants are required to help charity.

Hollie said: “I had issues with bullying when I was younger. So it is something I feel very strongly about.

“I think taking part in beauty contests has proved to me I can do it, has given me that confidence, has made me feel comfortable with being me.

“I would like to go into schools at some point and talk to girls about my experience of bullying and show them you can be a good, positive role model.

“I hope I can be a role model for others, so girls think ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’

“I’m going to run an online beauty contest. It will donate straight to the Beat Bullying charity, through a Just Giving page when girls pay the entry fee, and they can upload a photo and information about themselves. Girls will be able to enter if they have been bullied, are strongly against bullying, or know a friend or family friend who has been bullied.

“The judges will ask them some questions and the judging will be based on what they say and their personality, more than their photo.

“They will receive an anti-bullying wristband for entering the contest, and the winner will get a crown and a sash.

“The aim is to raise money for the charity and to raise awareness at the same time.”