The Search Is On For Miss Newcastle 2014
25 January 2014, 06:00 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Capital's been speaking to the current Miss Newcastle as entries open to find Miss Newcastle 2014.
18 year old Shannen Steinson from Jarrow was crowned Miss Newcastle 2013
She beat 19 other girls to take the title in May last year.
She's now encouraging other girls who might be thinking about taking part in the competition to get involved.
To enter you need to be aged between 16 and 23 at the time of the competition.
The theme this year is 'Great Gatsby'.
Shannen's told Capital she wasn't even going to enter the competition last year. She said:
'I was shopping in the Metro Centre and they scouted me and asked me to come forward.
So I thought why not and filled in an application.
A couple of weeks later I got a call to say I'd been put through with the other 19 girls.
There was a catwalk competition with a themed round, evening wear round and swimwear round.
We all got judge and scored and I came out the winner.
I really enjoyed the whole thing and met loads of new friends."
She's given any would-be contestants for the competition this year this advice:
"I'd say just go for it. It's really fun.
Be yourself and have fun.
I think your confidence comes across more naturally if you just enjoy it."
The winner of Miss Newcastle 2014 will not only win the Title of 'Miss Newcastle 2014' but will also win a place in the semi final of Miss England.
How To Enter
It's free to enter and applicants must be female and aged 16-23 at the time of the contest.
You must be also be single and have never been married and not had a child.
Contestants must never have posed topless or nude for any photos and must live in England and hold a British passport.
You can get an application form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org