A BRADFORD mum is beaming with pride at her daughter reaching the semi finals of a national beauty pageant, but she explained how the contest is more than about just looks.

Aimee Hoang, 14, lives on Minster Drive in Tyersal with her mother Tanya Newlove, 36 and is in the running to pick up the coveted Miss Junior Teen Great Britain crown.

As part of the pageant criteria, Aimee is fundraising for the charity 'Together for Short Lives', which helps around 50,000 children in the UK who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Her mum explained: "Aimee has set up a Facebook page to collect donations and my sister and I have our own businesses (Ace Custom Prints and Elite Athletics Apparel respectively) so we've been donating vouchers to help the cause.

"The semi-finals are at the end of April and Aimee has to fill out a questionnaire describing herself and send in three photos."

The grand final, on October 19 and 20, is a slightly more glamorous affair, with contestants all taking part in photo-shoots, a beauty queen challenge day, and even a pyjama diva party.

Aimee's mum said: "She's watched finals on TV before and she did enter Junior Miss Galaxy once.

"The winning prize would have been a trip to Florida but I'd have had to fund my own way there, so we couldn't afford it anyway."

Aimee took part in her very own photo shoot with the Telegraph & Argus yesterday, with Glam and Glow beauty salon in Bierley kindly allowing us to use its facilities.