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MISS TEEN SALFORD 2012 HITS NATIONAL FINAL
 

Star date: 16th September 2012

LURELLE GOES FOR MISS TEEN GREAT BRITAIN

Salford's Lurelle Bancroft, a pupil at Buile Hill Visual Arts College, has made it through to  the final of the Miss Teen Great Britain. The national competition, which isn't a mere beauty contest, takes place in Blackpool at the end of September and Lurelle will be representing the city after being crowned Miss Teen Salford 2012.

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Miss Teen Salford 2012
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It was last June when the Salford Star reported that Lurelle Bancroft had made it through to the semi finals of Miss Teen Great Britain, beating hundreds of competitors from around the country (see here). Now, Lurelle, who's 15, has been crowned Miss Teen Salford 2012 and will represent the city in the grand final at The Globe in Blackpool on 30th September.

"I originally entered just for the experience and the confidence boost but now I'm in the final" says Lurelle "I'm nervous because it's the first pageant I've done but I'm really excited too. I've always wanted to do modelling, and saw the competition on a model discovery site that I'm on. I looked into it and it looked dead good so I thought I would give it a try."

From filling out an application form and sending in a photo, Lurelle now has a good chance being crowned Miss Teen Great Britain, which isn't a mere beauty contest. As the organisers are at pains to point out, the contest aims `to celebrate teenagers and their achievements, and to ultimately find a great role-model'.

As part of that process Lurelle has had to prove her wider skills and personality, getting sponsorship from The Hair Venue on Littleton Road and running a raffle to raise money for the Clare House Children's Hospice amongst other things.

She's hoping to use those skills when she eventually goes to college to study media and creative make up, after completing her current GCSE and A level courses at Buile Hill Visual Arts College. Lurelle's friends from the school have all been supportive, and her teachers are actually going to Blackpool to cheer her on.

"The whole family and her teachers are going to watch her in the final" says Lurelle's mum, Candice "I'm a bit nervous because it's quite a big competition but we're right behind her all the way. I'm very proud and very excited, she's done really well."

Now Lurelle, or Miss Teen Salford 2012, is carrying the sash for her home city… "I've done it for the experience and it would be a bonus if I win" she says "But I'll do my best."

We'll let you know how Lurelle gets on. In the meantime to find out more about Miss Teen Great Britain, or to buy tickets for the final click here.

J wrote
at 8:40:36 AM on Monday, October 1, 2012
So its ok for you Amanda to make assumptions on the aspirations and abilities of others is it? This message you write about- "young women, do not aspire to succeed based on hard work, and acquiring skills, simply pile on the make up, smile and look decorative,"- who is it from? The story may not be investigative journalism, but it is a good news story of a young person trying to get on in a changing world. Perhaps the message is a young person aspiring to and working hard to get on in life in the profession of their free choice. There a many people, young and old, of all shapes and sizes working full time with full and happy lives humbly working unheralded to better their community and without feeling the need to publicy justify themselves in the Salford Star.
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 2:32:05 PM on Sunday, September 30, 2012
Well no surprises at the reaction there. And the quality of the abuse. Very original: if you do not like 'beauty' contests you must be 'fat','ugly','a mess','sat at home'. That does not alter the fact that youth unemployment is increasing, more and more young people are finding that they cannot find work, let alone entertain the prospect of having their own home. Adult unemployment is increasing, and the longer a young person is without work, the worse their long-term employment future gets. This is not a national broadsheet, which is just as well, because London-based national papers are not bothered about young people in the north. And broadsheets are not into beauty contests really. The national tabloids are, but only if the contestants have some sort of scandal attached. The Salford Star is one of the new generation of local papers that actually addresses serious local news instead of papering over the gaping holes with non-stories. I am fortunate - I have a job, I volunteer in my local community and I have a full and busy life. I would like young people to have the chance to have some of those things. Young women are ill served by the exploitative, image-based, beauty-obsessed, media-driven celeb culture. And the bottom line is, to all those fat, ugly messes out there who live their lives to make a difference and enjoy themselves - I suspect that you would rather live, love and laugh than worry about what you look like. And what is wrong with that? And look! In disagreeing with the torrent of indignation (polite description there), I have managed to respond without calling anyone fat, ugly or a mess, or anything else for that matter. Can I suggest that addressing arguments rather than appearance would be a way forward?
 
cheryl falcon wrote
at 8:22:07 AM on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
well done lurrelle i am very hapy for you dont listen to amanda she is just probably sat at home ugly fat and a mess ignore she is just jelous fingers cross you win you should. look up smile and if so be diffrent do something no one will do stand out be a yourself.
 
jean wilson wrote
at 10:40:32 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Amanda has a right to her opinion but she doesn't know you. I do know you because you are my beautiful Grand Daughter So she has no idea that you are a very bright articulate young person who has a mind of her own. Amanda also doesn't know that you are also a very talented dancer who also is a very sensitive young person. Yes Amanda I agree with you as regards the objectification of girls and women being totally wrong but Lurelle is not only a very a very funny kind sensitive young person she has also worked hard over the years to become the very talented dancer that she is.My final word goes to Lurelle good luck to you love you. Nanaxxxxxxx
 
Vicky wrote
at 3:49:53 AM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Lurelle, I don't know you but I wanted to say the comments from Amanda below are wrong - feminism in 2012 is about being a strong woman who can set her sights on goals, put in the hard work and reach her ambitions. That's what you are doing and it is a form of feminism because you are not letting anyone hold you back! Enjoy your time in this contest and don't listen to jealous haters. Good luck.
 
Fladge wrote
at 10:25:54 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Go for it , Lurelle. You can do it. You will do this city proud. Unlike Salford Clowncil , who have run this city into the gutter .
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 7:29:44 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
What a beautiful girl, much more attractive than any of the Spice Girls at our Olympics. Your family and City must be proud of the courage and confidence of this amazing achieving young citizen of Salford.
 
grandad and angela wrote
at 7:29:38 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
well what can you say eveyone has their own view on feminism but is their right to choose for themselves its called freedom of choice. whilst some aspects of the celebrity "scene"are distateful that is for us to change and if you were aware of this competition in more depth the emphasis is acutally on education and all aspects of your abilities also community involvement and charity work,anything that helps teenagers from hanging around the streets must be a good thing since the cutbacks in budgets have greatly affected our lives .so go for it lurelle and take no notice of peoples negative comments sounds a bit like sour grapes to me.
 
A.P. wrote
at 10:16:07 AM on Monday, September 17, 2012
Best wishes and Good Luck , Lurelle. You can do it .
 
BERNADETTE BANCROFT wrote
at 10:16:00 AM on Monday, September 17, 2012
WELL AMANDA I THINK YOU ARE VERY NEGATIVE PERSON SO PUT YOUR VIEWS ELSEWHERE, WAS YOU A UGLY DUCKLING SURE SEEMS THAT WAY ..... IM VERY PROUD OF MY GRANDDAUGHTER LURELLE SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL <3 WITH MANNERS AND COMMON SENSE WHICH DO GO A LONG WAY IN LIFE GOOD LUCK LURELLE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WISH YOU GOOD LUCK ON THE DAY XXX THATS ALL YOU CAN ASK FOR, AND AS FOR THE DOLE QUEUE, IS THAT YOUR LIFE AMANDA ??? THANK YOU XXX
 
naomi wrote
at 7:47:13 AM on Monday, September 17, 2012
my beautifull niece lurelle we are all so proud of you well done, you will be fine in whatever you do and as for amanda bickerton no one has asked you to comment so if youve got nothing nice to say dont say nothing at all. its got nothing to do with you ur just obivously a very sad and boreing person and at least lurelles not standinding on street corners getting drunk shes doing something good ok, anyway well done babe love you loads xxxxxxxxxxx
 
J wrote
at 4:30:06 AM on Monday, September 17, 2012
What petty comments from Amanda, for goodness sake-this is a local newscast, not a national broadsheet. I dont know Lurelle but Im sure she has brains as well as beauty and will do well in this world at anything she chooses to do or be, now or in the future. Its not only fat and ugly women who have brains you know......and some of them dont!
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 1:21:07 PM on Sunday, September 16, 2012
It is a beauty contest. Whether there is the added requirement of having a personality or not, the 'beauty contest' bit is still there. Is there some kind of irony at work here? Or have we travelled back to the 1970s? If people want to go for Best in Show, then good luck to them. But why is it news? Where is the investigative journalism here, and what is the message: young women, do not aspire to succeed based on hard work, and acquiring skills, simply pile on the make up, smile and look decorative, and maybe the odd one of you will have your nanosecond of feeling a bit important before it is back to the dole queue. Feminism obviously never happened....
 
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