A BEAUTY student has sailed her way through to the semi-finals of Miss Teen Great Britain, competing with girls from across the country.

Louise Stace, 16, from Birch Hill in Bracknell entered the competition last week, proving to be a strong contender for the popular UK beauty pageant.

The Miss Teen Great Britain competition has thousands of 16-19 year-old girls enter to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 and a potential modelling contract for a year.

Louise said: "I have always wanted to take part in something like this. This means everything to me and feel it is one of my dreams coming true."

The competition aims to build confidence and a positive atmosphere for young girls and teenagers.

Contestants go on to make new friends and provides a 'window of opportunities for the winners'.

Nicola Randley, Louise's mother, said: "I am so excited for her. She is stunning and a natural beauty and whenever we are out in public, we get people coming up to us saying she is beautiful.

"We decided to enter the competition as a joke and next thing you know, she got through. It is amazing."

Entrants had to be interviewed, before progressing on to the next stage, showing that the competition isn't just about having good looks.

The Bracknell and Wokingham beauty student said how the competition has improved her confidence.

Louise also attends Phoenix dance company in Sandhurst and starred in Annie the Musical at the West End.

She added: "I would love to continue having opportunities like this in the future."