A model who started taking part in beauty pageants to build her self-confidence after being bullied as a teenager is hoping to help others facing similar problems.
Louise Rainford, of Harborough, said suffering bullying while she was at school made her feel worthless.
But after deciding to take part in beauty pageants to overcome her issues, the 22-year-old says she has developed into an assertive and confident young woman.
And now she is hoping to use her success in those competitions to raise awareness of the issue and help others.
Louise, who grew up in Warrington, Cheshire, graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in early childhood studies and, having moved to Harborough in September, now works as an early years practitioner. She is also a part-time model and promotions girl for Oval Racing and came third in its Racing Babes calendar competition.
She was named Miss England in the 2012 Miss Globe International contest held in Turkey and was also one of the 24 finalists of the 2012-13 Model of the Year competition.
Louise, who hopes one day to become a primary school teacher, said: “I began taking part in pageants to overcome my self-confidence issues.
“Being bullied from a young age had a major effect on my self esteem and my confidence.
“It took years for me to overcome those feelings of worthlessness, however having done so I have matured into a more assertive and confident young woman.
“I am eager to achieve my dreams, embrace the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and gain as many experiences out of life as possible.”
Louise volunteers at anti-bullying charity Bullies Out, acting as an online mentor to help children who are experiencing bullying.
She said: “I want to raise awareness of the severe effects of bullying through my pageant work. I would like to visit schools around the area, speaking to small groups of children, and making them aware how important it is to support your fellow pupils.
“All children should have support around them if they ever need it.”
She is also seeking sponsorship for the costs of competing in two major pageants – the grand final of Miss Grand England 2014 and Miss Supranational 2014.
Louise said: “I need to raise £500, however the sponsorship can be split between several companies. For a modest outlay sponsors could help me realise my dreams and would get some fantastic press coverage for their company.”
To support louise in her bid for national title glory email Louisejade600@hotmail.co.uk