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Former Miss Teen Lincolnshire Danielle Terry reveals how pageant queens can no longer rely on a pretty face.


When former Miss Teen Lincolnshire Danielle Terry entered the world of pageantry, it’s fair to say that she did so with the same apprehensions that any of us would, unnerved by the stigmatized shadow that shows like Toddlers and Tiaras cast over the cat walk.

Most expect self-love to be the cynical reason for applying, rather than a beautiful consequence. It’s a lot easier to hate someone for loving themselves than it is to encourage it, and other than masking disguised jealousy, I’ll never understand why.

Danielle at the Miss Teen Great Britain final in 2015
Danielle at the Miss Teen Great Britain final in 2015 – Paul Carrol – Monsignor Photographic

I went to secondary school with Danielle, and for someone who struggled greatly with self-image, I’d never have predicted pageantry as being the next stage in her life.

“They are not just looking for pretty girls. It’s about your confidence and grace. Nothing is about the face. Even when I had my makeup on, I still made sure I looked like me.”

The more she refuted the term ‘beauty’ pageant, the more intrigued I became. However, after reading their ethos, Miss Teen Great Britain was far different to what I’d expected.

With 50% of the overall score reliant on a successful interview, it was clear that character was important. This is far from the “How would you save the world?” rehearsed answers that judges can sob over. No, this is a real character exploration. Winning is something they earn through effort and experience, not through a spray tan and flippers.

Expanding on such experiences, she explained the plethora of charity work that the girls get involved in prior to the final. Last years contestants raised over £40,000 for Together For Short Lives.

Danielle collecting donations for Together For Short Lives.
Danielle collecting donations for Together For Short Lives.

“I had such an amazing year in the build up to the pageant. It’s not just about the actual day, it’s about representing your local area and getting involved. I wanted to do something valuable, and my platform allowed me to do this.”

Regardless of our cynicism, the face of pageantry has evolved. Greeted with her elegant posture and glamorous hair and makeup, it was initially difficult to look past the stigma, but as we spoke, I felt her confidence and her genuine desire to advance herself exude through her smile.

“I never entered with the expectation of getting a crown. I wanted to make new friends and experiences, and that’s what I did.”

For these girls, winning is now simply a bonus.

Danielle pictured on the far left after Misha Grimes is announced as World Teen Supermodel UK – Paul Carroll – Monsignor Photographic




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Trend Review: Primaries, Embroidery and Distress Signals

A virtual tour around New Look, exploring the latest trends in women’s fashion.

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As we crawl towards summer, I’ve chosen a trend that’s as daring as an online foundation colour-match.

While a devotee to pastels and autumnal shades, uncharted territory has never been so inviting.

Any block of colour makes a statement, and the bolder the shade, the bolder the statement.

Granted, it’s far less adventurous as the developing hide-and-seek cut-out phase designers are loving this spring, but it exudes a confidence for those that lack it, in a style that still pops in the summer, without being diminished under it’s vibrancy.

Safe to say, I’m converted, though it took a lot to even look twice at the fearlessness of some of these pieces. I’m happy to risk resembling a juggling ball any day if it means I get to rock this royal blue combo.

Floral Embroidery

I’m all for vintage ideas, but I’d say this had more of a ‘Mary Berry in a Western’ vibe.

With it’s palette centralising on creamy pinks, it at least meant I could retire back to pastel palace, under the muted tones of my comfort zone.

Whilst the prints felt somewhat repetitive, their application was far from lackluster.

Once a skeptic, I’d originally seen this trend as a cringe-worthy attempt to snoop in Lana Del Rey’s wardrobe, but after lugging my basket to the changing rooms, I realised it’s potential for versatility and originality.

Being a print, it was being applied to every top, every shoe and every accessory in the store.

Overdone? perhaps, but the ability to choose your dosage made it all the more welcoming.


My thoughts toyed with the term ‘distressed’ as referring to both the name of the style, and the type of palpitations you experience after dropping £30 on clothes resembling something a lion mistook for a gazelle.

I’d say that it targets the urban street-wear scene, although a pink fluffy jumper attacked by a hole-puncher kinda swerves that vibe.

It’s hard to make any generalisations about this trend other than the fact that it is for the most part atrocious.

It’s only saviour is its ripped denim. Whilst over-worn (and often over-torn), they’re a breath of fresh air to any monochrome jean/tee combo.

As I wore out my battery (and patience) desperately trying to make these clothes look wearable, my card burrowed deeper into my purse.


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