Coleen and Kate Are My Role Models; Janet Tansley Talks to the Beauty Princess Who Was Scouted While on a School Day Trip
Byline: Janet Tansley
SHE was spotted walking round a national fashion event on a school trip, but it led to a lesson in life for teenager Christina Jenkins, who's now top of the class in the beauty stakes.
Having already handed back the title of Miss Teen Queen UK, the 17-year-old from Wavertree is now Miss Princess of the World UK - and she will competing against girls from all over the globe to take the overall title next month.
"It's just such an exciting opportunity," says Christina. "The competition is being held in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
"Of course I would like to win, but if I don't it will still be an amazing life experience."
The Archbishop Blanch high school pupil, whose dad Richard runs B. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Directors, took the Miss Teen Queen title last year after being asked to compete while at the Clothes Show Live in Bir mingham.
CROWN Christina in her outfit "I had gone with a group from textiles at school," she says.
"The competition organisers had a stand there.
"As I walked past with a friend they asked if I would take part.
"I had never done anything like it before and, I must admit, I was a bit nervous about saying yes.
"But my friend just said I should go for it.
"The first competition was a bit daunting, I didn't even know how to walk properly on the catwalk, but I love taking part now."
That first competition win led to a trip to Malaysia where she competed for the title Miss Tourism International and, while she didn't secure the crown there, Christina was thrilled with the chance to see the world and gain experience in the world of the beauty pageant.
"I learned so much to take to the next pageant and I enjoy the excitement of it all and meeting the other girls.
"I love walking on the catwalk and everyone watching you."
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