Teesside beauties stopped shoppers in their tracks when calling in at Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre.
The Miss Tees Valley finalists joined last year’s winner Ailish Shaw, from Middlesbrough, to pay a visit to the town’s largest shopping centre.
Cleveland Centre is sponsoring the modelling competition and pageant, which offers a winner’s prize worth £5,000 to the ultimate female role model.
Just four places remain to complete a 25-strong shortlist for the final, which takes place at Billingham’s Swan Hotel on November 21.
Finalists so far are: Sophie Cann (18), Laura Illingworth (26), Ellie Stewart (19), Sophie Wilkinson (22), Rebecca Ridsdale (17), Rhiannon McInnes (23), Abbie Wray (16), all from Middlesbrough; and Darlington girls Chelsea Wilson (17), Sarah Bramley (26) and Kate Dobinson (20).
Other finalists include 17-year-old Morgan Murray, from Billingham; Emily Ludgate (22), Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe’s Carrie-Anne Brown (20); Guisborough 21-year-olds Sam Grace and Chelsee Breeze; Thornaby’s Naomi Hill (24); and Stockton girls Megan Stone, Kate McQuade and Brooke Hawkes, all 16, Courtney McCarten (18) and Nicole Hincheley (19).
The winning Miss Tees Valley will qualify for the national final of the Top Model of England and Miss Multiverse UK, while also being the face of the Cleveland Centre.
Her prize will include a £500 Cleveland Centre shopping voucher, makeover by Middlesbrough firm Flawless and a modelling portfolio website.
There is also a prize for the finalist raising the most charity money for Stockton’s Butterwick Hospice.
A fashion show featuring the finalists will be hosted by Cleveland Centre in July, with the support of the centre’s popular stores, Top Shop, New Look and Psyche’s Style Lab.
Miss Tees Valley director Alexandra Devine, herself a former winner from Eaglescliffe, said: “We’re looking for another Teesside ambassador to succeed Ailish – a top model and a role model for other women.”
Cleveland Centre manager Graeme Skillen added: “As an organisation at the heart of the local community, we’re delighted to continue our support for a content that promotes positive female role models.”
Applicants, aged 16-29, must live, work, study or be from the Tees Valley area. For more details, visit www.missteesvalley.co.uk