Girl in final of UK beauty contest

An Exmouth schoolgirl is celebrating reaching the final of a national beauty pageant.

An Exmouth schoolgirl is celebrating reaching the final of a national beauty pageant.

Isabella Ferrazzano, 16, will be competing in the final of Miss Teen Earth UK, the junior version of the international Miss Earth competition.

The final takes place on June 4 at the London Green Fair in Regent’s Park, which is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors.

For Isabella, who lives in Featherbed Lane, this is the latest success in her impressive modelling career, which she is pursuing despite having been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last May.

Isabella has already become Miss Teen Devon, and says reaching the Miss Teen Earth UK final is an even bigger achievement. She said: “It was good to win Miss Teen Devon, but Miss Teen Earth UK is a lot bigger.

“I entered online, and now they’ve chosen me as a grand finalist. I’m already looking forward to it.”

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Isabella’s mother, Elizabeth Russell, said: “I’m very excited because things are really moving forward for Isabella, and I’m very pleased for her. You never know what might come of it all!”

As well as qualifying for Miss Teen Earth UK, Isabella’s modelling has also begun attracting attention from overseas, as she has now been invited to Paris to be photographed by American fashion title SU Magazine.

But, as well as pursuing her modelling career, Isabella, who works at Kings Garden Centre, is also committed to raising money for Help for Heroes, having wanted to join the forces before her condition prevented it.

Isabella and her mother will be running a stall at the Mind Body and Spirit event at Exmouth Pavilions on May 22. She said: “I like to do charity work, and doing this will be a good way to support Help for Heroes.”

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