Morley teen fights illness for beauty crown

Becky Maloney.
Becky Maloney.

A Morley beauty queen is refusing to let anything get between her and a place in a national pageant – even a serious medical condition.

Becky Maloney, 19, was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago, but after being scouted at a Birmingham fashion show, she will be hoping to make it through to the Teen Queen UK national pageant in London this summer. Becky said: “I went to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham where I was scouted and they asked me to apply.

“I didn’t expect anything of it but I got a letter in the post saying that I’d been chosen to go to London for casting. It all happened in the space of a week and then I was contacted to go on the website.”

Becky also found out she had another condition linked to her epilepsy on the same day as she was selected for Teen Queen UK, but says it has made her even more determined to make the most of her opportunity.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock and I had mixed emotions that day. Luckily it’s not life threatening and it makes me want to do well on Teen Queen.”

Teen Queen UK, which aims to find the country’s top young models, was launched in 2006.

Entrants are given the opportunity to take part in a real fashion shoot and have the chance to become the face of brands such as Fake Bake and PromPerfect Gowns.

The models are also competing for the title Teen Queen, for ages 16-19, or Teen Princess, 13-15. The Teen Queen winner will then go on to represent her country at an international beauty pageant in China. Voting for the current heat ends on Thursday February 28, with the top two contestants going through to the final.

If you would like to vote for Becky, text TQ59 to 81319, at a cost of 75p plus standard network charge. All voters must be aged 18 or over or have the bill payer’s permission.