Pride as talented sisters reach national final

Published on: 01 Aug 2016

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SISTERS from Mangotsfield are on a fundraising mission after both scooping prestigious 'good citizenship' competitions.

Isla Moody, 14, was chosen out of hundreds of girls to win Miss Junior Teen Bristol while her sister Venice, 16, scooped the Miss Teen South Gloucestershire title.

Both are now frantically raising money for charity before they compete in the Great Britain finals later this year.

The national competition has categories for girls aged 11-13, 13-15 and 16-19 and is aimed at encouraging confidence, making friends and raising money for Together For Short Lives, a charity which supports children with life-threatening illnesses. 

Judges look for girls who give up their time to help others and who would be an inspiration and good role model for other young people.

Last year, Isla came second in Miss Junior Teen Great Britain and the experience left her determined to enter again.

Mum Vicky, who runs Vdance Academy at Emersons Green and Mangotsfield, said: "Isla entered the Miss Junior Teen Great Britain final last year and got second place which encouraged her sister to have a go this year. The competition gets hundreds of applicants so we were delighted that she got through and will have the same experience as Isla did last year.

"Isla hates people to think that it's a stereotypical beauty pageant. It's not, it's much more than that. Because she was a runner-up last year she has been to functions that the girls attend and they are all very hard-working, intelligent girls. It's not like the American pageants. You're not judged on what you're wearing; it's all about you as a person."

Applicants are first interviewed online and asked why they would be a good role model for other young people.

Vicky said: "Isla filled out questions on how hard she works to fundraise and how she gives her time up to help out at lots of events. She's also gifted and talented at lots of subjects at school. She also sings and dances and attends lots of competitions up and down the country. Judges are looking for people to be good role models in society, not just someone who has a pretty face."

Isla and Venice have already organised a mufti day at Mangotsfield School and raised just under £600. Funds have been boosted by a charity 'Zumbalates' morning where people took part in an special exercise class which mixed Zumba and Pilates.

If the girls win the Great Britain titles, they will become ambassadors, touring the country to open events and talk at schools about good citizenship.

Venice, who will start A-levels at St Brendan's College in September, was hesitant about entering in the older category but was inspired after watching her sister.

"Venice wasn't sure about it but when she watched Isla taking part the competition and saw what lovely friends she was making she decided to have a go," said Vicky.

Venice, who plays the piano and saxophone, is hoping to become a dance teacher and midwife and Isla is looking at some sort of medical career.

Vicky, who lives at Emersons Green with husband James, said: "Both of them are achieving so much at the moment and we are overwhelmed by it. They organised the mufti day themselves with the headteacher and they are planning another four or five events during the year. They want to raise at least £1,500 because it will make such a massive difference to families who have who need the charity's support. We are extremely proud of them; they are two amazing girls and we are very lucky."

The finals will take place at Blackpool Tower in October.

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