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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow sisters prepare to strut stuff at beauty pageant

TWO sisters are putting aside their sibling rivalry as they prepare to strut their stuff together at a beauty pageant.

Melissa-Jane Pitts, 18, and Sheridan Pitts, 15, of Head Meadow, Newbarns, Barrow, have both entered Miss South Lakes and are vying to win the coveted tiara in the senior and junior competitions respectively.

The young models are hoping to impress judges at the finals when they walk along the catwalk at Coronation Hall, Ulverston, in October.

Sheridan, a pupil at Walney School, said: “A lot of my friends think it’s bizarre that we are entering the same competition but we both enjoy doing it.

“We are not in the same category so thankfully we can help each other out a lot more. We won’t trip each other over or anything like that!”

After getting a taste of the competition last year, Sheridan is returning in a bid to win the crown.

“I like meeting new people, it’s not just about looks but personality and the work you do in the community. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Melissa-Jane, a self-employed nail technician and part-time model, has taken part in a number of beauty competitions already, including Miss Cumbria, Miss North West, Miss England and Miss Teen Galaxy UK.

She said: “I just love the glitz and glam of it all.

“I’ve been sharing tips with my sister about walking the catwalk, positioning and how to smile. We’re both helping each other prepare for it.

“Currently, my sister has more votes than me so she keeps reminding me about it!”

Contestants are marked on a number of things such as their charity work and votes on Facebook. The senior winner of Miss South Lakes wins a berth in the Miss England contest, where she can then compete for a place at Miss World.

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