Happy Sunday and welcome to the new month of MAY!
Today, we are featuring one of our wonderful former TEEN winners of UK’s Dazzling Beauty on her pageant journey, her successes in the industry and her charity appeal.
Name: Hayleigh Blinkhorne
Titles: Miss Greater London (Miss Teen Great Britain), UK’s Dazzling Beauty 2012/13,
1. Congrats for your Success in the pageant world, you won UK’s Dazzling Beauty 2012/2013 then went on to compete in Miss Teen Great Britain last year. Tell us what
3-5 things did you do to win UK’s Dazzling Beauty and what opportunities did you gain as a result of winning and what did you enjoy the most?
UK’s Dazzling Beauty was my first venture into the world of pageantry and by no means was my last, if there is one lesson I have learnt from my journey so far, it is that even though in every competition there is only one title to be won, no one ever walks away from a pageant empty handed. Whether that be walking away with a runner-up title, a side title or just the amazing memories that comes with the experience, I’m sure every pageant girl will agree with me when I say there is always something to be gained.
UK’s Dazzling Beauty was a massive stepping stone for me to pursue my career as a public figure within my community. Winning a beauty pageant isn’t as easy as turning up at the venue on the day and looking beautiful – it is so much more than that. The most important part of the build up to the competition is your preparation. When competing for UK’s Dazzling Beauty my preparation included being an upholding member of the community that I am part of and a proud representative of the town in which I am from, to do this I attended fundraising events, participating in local meetings to decide the future of our community and regularly volunteered at local primary schools, charity shops and fundraising excursions.
In order to be successful in pageantry it is always a very good idea to have a solid platform, my platform was raising funds for children of disadvantage. After growing up surrounded by children who were all different, different shapes and sizes, some with missing limbs and others who simply had troubles with language and hearing – it got me thinking how lucky I am, and for all the things I had taken for granted I decided to give back to those that were of any sort of disadvantage. Therefore, I organised fundraising events of my own to raise funds for my chosen platform in order to better the lives of those who surround me.
As UK’s Dazzling Beauty 2012/2013 I gained many different opportunities, these included many modelling shoots and being the face of ‘Fredricks Hair and Beauty’ brand. I was also invited as guest of honour to many events including fashion launches, fundraising balls and to judge other pageants as well as the UK’s Dazzling Beauty heats. I cannot thank Queen, the director of UK’s Dazzling Beauty’ enough for such a positive start in my pageant career.
2. Tell us about your experience in the Miss Teen Great Britain pageant? What title did you represent and how did you find the grand final?
Miss Teen Great Britain was a competition I had aspire to compete in since entering the pageant world, held in the globe theatre at Blackpool pleasure beach, Miss Teen Great Britain was full of excitement and adrenaline as I, Miss Teen Greater London 2015 graced the stage in my bid to become the next Miss Teen Great Britain.
Miss Teen Great Britain was an experience I will never forget, introducing me to my beautiful sister queens, who will always remain life time friends, and teaching me pageant lessons that I will take on my journey as I step away from the Teen category and into the Miss segment of the pageant industry.
Miss Teen Great Britain is a two-day competition which allowed me to be the best version of myself that I could possibly be, first starting off in the Beauty Queen Challenge day that allowed me to build relationships and bond with my fellow Miss Teen GB girls whilst having a giggle at the same time. To then being part of an ‘Empowerment session’ that emphasised that there isn’t a definition of beauty, beauty isn’t a stereotype it is a quality each and every individual beholds because everyone is beautiful in their own rights and each and every own of us deserve to be able to stand up and say ‘I am beautiful and I am proud to be me’. This was followed by the famous Miss Teen GB pj party where we were able to share such enjoyable moments and learn more about each other, as contestants we forgot that within just hours we would be competing against each other and soon enough we were a family. Miss Teen Great Britain taught me more about who I am than I had ever expected.
Before I had a second to look back and reminisce on my first day at the competition it was time to step on the stage and compete for my chance for be the next Miss Teen Great Britain.
3. Where did you place in the Miss Teen Great Britain pageant? Did you win any awards?
The time had come for the contestants to find out the results, the room was silent and we held each other’s hands awaiting the news that would change the life of one of our lives forever. First called the side awards where I was presented with ‘Best Smile’ in the entire competition, I was honoured to of been graced with such a complimenting award.
Next up was the top 16, this was the girls who had scored the highest 16 in the competition, I stood clapping as many of the girls I had come to know where presenting themselves in a line at the front of the stage and then “Hayleigh Blinkhorne”. I was invited to join the top 16 at the front of the stage.
The top 16 was then halved as the top 8 was announced, again my name was called and as my heart skipped a beat I was asked to step forward in to a line where only 7 stood beside me. Unfortunately, 2015 wasn’t ‘my’ year, I am a true believer that will hard work, determination and perseverance one day a title will be mine and that will that for 2016 I have challenged myself to compete in the first ever UK’s Power Pageant.
4. This year you are determined to compete in pageants again and you will be competing in the United Kingdom Power Pageant? Tell us about this competition and why do you want to win?
The first ever UK Power Pageant will be crowning 8 winners! Each with amazing opportunities that allows them to represent their country on an international stage.
Miss International-UK will be flown to Japan at the end of October to experience an amazing time at the Miss International 2016 final. Victoria Tooby, Miss International UK 2014 did amazingly in Japan by placing 3rd runner up and Sophie Loudon, Miss International UK 2015 placed in the top 10!
The Engish, Scottish and Welsh winners for Miss Intercontinental will represent their country later next year at the 2016 Miss Intercontinental international final. Dates and location have not yet been confirmed but it is likely to be in a very exotic location overseas! You will stay at a luxurious resort & will compete with contestants from all over the world for the prestigious title of Miss Intercontinental! In 2011, the international final was held in Spain and, in 2010, it was held in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. The 2015 host country was Germany and we can’t wait to find out where the 2015 competition will be held!
The winner of World Supermodel UK will be flown to South Africa in 2017 to compete in the World Supermodel competition! The competition is being held in a luxurious location.
Three winners will be crowned for Miss Grand International (from England, Scotland & Wales) and will go on to represent their country in the Miss Grand International final in Thailand! Miss Grand England, Scotland and Wales are part of the UK Power Pageant
The winner’s prize package includes flights, accommodation and entry to the Miss International, Miss Intercontinental and World Supermodel final. The winners will receive a goody bag full of prizes from our sponsors! The winner will also receive a £250 voucher and shopping experience at The Dress Studio http://www.dress-studio.co.uk.
Lots of other awards and prizes will be awarded on the night! We intend to make sure that every contestant has a fantastic time. The competition will provide you with new friends, a lot of fun and some great memories!
I would love to win a title in this competition as I would love to represent my country on an international level and learn more about the cultures and beliefs from around the world. I have always limited myself to the confinements of competing nationally and now I have that extra experience and confidence I believe myself to be a worthy contender of an international title!
5. With most pageants it usually comes with a lot of expected charity fundraising work. Please tell us what you will be doing to raise money for Charity this year?
The UK Power Pageant’s chosen charity is ‘The Christie Charity’.
The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to their patients and their families.
Whilst they have achieved a phenomenal amount thanks to the backing of our donors, this doesn’t mean they can be complacent with our achievement and they always have plans in the pipeline to further improve their services, they have big plans and ambitions for the future and all of these require our support.
They are one of the largest hospital charities in the UK with 82p in every pound going directly to the patients.
They have over 43,000 supporters – of which more than 6600 give regular gifts – and each of these helped us to raise £13.3m last year.
Over 700 community events and 470 corporate fundraisers were held on our behalf and more than 8000 people tackled a charity sporting challenge to help fund life-changing and potentially life-saving projects.
This year I will be participating in a number of events in order to raise money for The Christie Charity, these will include a 10k sponsored run, a mountain trek at the Snowden mountain in wales, a firewalk and a fun run, plus many more.
6. How can girls and women support you on your charity fundraising mission?
As Miss Greater London International 2016, I will be accomplishing several personal challenges to raise money and awareness for Christie’s Cancer Trust.
I aim to raise as many funds as possible for my chosen charity if you would like to donate to this amazing cause please join me by contributing using my just giving page below;
Every little can help save a life, please donate!
7. What advice would you give to girls or women that would like to follow in your footsteps and compete in national pageants?
My advice for everyone that is looking to compete in national pageants is simple if you are committed and believe in yourself you will go far. To win a national title you have to dedicate yourself to the pageant system you are representing and to being a role model to others, if you know that you will be able to fulfill the duties that come with being a title holder then take the jump and enter the system that you have been dreaming of!
8. What are your social media links so that girls and women can follow you?
Support is a massive motivation in the pageant world therefore if you would be kind enough to like my page on facebook and follow my journey to the UK Power Pageant. If anyone would like any advice or has any questions please feel free to message me via my page, the link has been placed below;
Wow how amazing, Hayleigh has come so far and achieved so many of her amazing dreams, If you want to follow in the foosteps of Hayleigh and really make it big in the pageant world then enter UK’s Dazzling Beauty today, become a reigning Queen!
Apply today: www.uksdazzlingbeauty.com
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Have a super Bank holiday weekend,
Until next time,
The UK’s Dazzling Beauty Team