A TEENAGER is hoping to be crowned a pageant queen.

Michaela Penny, from Worthing is through to the final of Miss Teen British Isles.

The 17-year-old, who is studying psychology and dancing at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, said: “When I was younger we used to always have family photos done. Then I signed up for a free model shoot.

“I had to take various outfits see how I acted in front of the camera. They seemed to like me and made a portfolio.”

Michaela then applied for Miss British Isles through social media, where her photos were judged at several stages in order for her to reach the final.

She said: “Miss Teen put you through the early rounds by judging from your photos then there is a big finals in Chester in May – although that’s now been postponed to September.

“It was a big surprise when I first got through.

“I hadn’t really told any of my friends I had entered.

“But they are all really proud of me.

“When I got my confirmation that I had made it through, they were all really surprised and excited.

“I was feeling a bit nervous about going to the finals but hopefully now with a bit more time that will ease.

“I’m not sure if I want a career in modelling – for the moment I just want to see how far it will take me.

Michaela said her mother Anita, 51, and partner Alan Henderson, 63, were proud and excited as was her older sister Christy, 27.

Michaela said: “I love to dance.

“I have always got dance shows going on. I just love performing and acting so hopefully that will help.

Her mother will be travelling with her to Chester to cheer her on.

Anita said: “I am really pleased for her.

“Hopefully it will open a few doors for her if she wants to go on and do more modelling in future.”

Michaela has set up a crowdfund to help her pay for more portfolio pictures and travel costs for the competition.

To support her, visit www.gofundme.com/f/completing-for-the-title-of-miss-teen-british-isle