Supermodel Kate Moss was scouted in JFK Airport in New York, but a Luton teenager’s career has started slightly closer to home as she was spotted by a model scout in The Mall.
Charlotte Mari, 13, was approached and asked to enter Miss Teen Queen UK.
She was then shortlisted from over 19,500 girls to take part in a photo-casting in London.
If she wins the next round of Teen Queen she will go on to represent the country in an international beauty pageant, and could be picked to visit Africa and see how funds raised from Teen Queen are spent.
Ashcroft High School student Charlotte said: “It is really exciting to be selected out of so many pretty girls.
“I am not perfect, I am just a normal girl, having fun and enjoying being myself.
“I have really enjoyed the experience so far and I really want to do well in the competition, it’s such a positive thing to be involved in.”
Charlotte is particularly interested in the special award within Teen Queen UK for girls who do a lot of charity work.
Her uncle Danny passed away when he was just 18 after suffering from a very rare form of teenage cancer, desmoplastic sarcoma.
For the past three years Charlotte has been fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK, by helping out at her mum’s charity evenings and making bracelets with her sister to sell on eBay and raise money.
She’s also run Race For Life for three years and the 24-hour Relay for Life in 2011.
To vote for Charlotte, visit www.teenqueenuk.com and click Charlotte’s profile in December.