An aspiring model, actress and dancer hopes to be an example for youngsters everywhere who are picked on by bullies.
Rosie Essex from Bancroft will take part in the final of Miss Teen Great Britain on August 30-31, when her modelling, dancing and design skills will all be appraised by the team of judges who award the crown.
She is one of 60 finalists who will take part in the event at the The Globe theatre in Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Rosie said: “The judges are looking for someone with a good personality, who can represent the competition.
“It would mean so much to me if I won, it would show that I am worth something. I’ve struggled in the past with being bullied, which has really hurt my confidence.
“I’d love to be a role model for younger girls, and show them that it doesn’t matter if people bully you, you can achieve what you want to achieve.”
As part of the run-up to the big day Rosie has been showing her community-spirited side, including raising money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
And the 17-year-old, who is studying musical theatre at Northampton College, also hopes to have an edge in the competition thanks to her creative side.
Rosie said: “There are three rounds - the dance round, the fashion round, and an eveningwear round - and for the fashion round I’m having my dress custom-made.
“I designed it myself, and it was made by my neighbour Michelle Cook. My sponsor, James Pullen of The Elite Training Centre in Leighton Buzzard, is paying for it.
“It’s a two-day competition and it’s really nice. On the first day you meet all the other competitors, you go to the pleasure beach together, we learn our dance routines, and there’s a pyjama diva party.”