A TEENAGE girl from St Helens is tantalisingly close to securing a life-changing trip to Africa.
Rebecca Argent, 17, has won through to the final stages of the national Teen Queen UK competition.
The contest offers girls from all walks of life and backgrounds a foothold to the world of modelling.
For Rainhill High student Rebecca it is a chance to fulfil a long held ambition.
But first she needs support from the St Helens public to vote her into the grand final, which will be held in London this summer.
She said: “If I got through to the grand final, it would mean the world to me.
“I have always wanted to do this but never had the guts to do it until now. I know it would be one of the best experiences of my life.”
Rebecca, who lives in Rainhill village, entered the competition during a trip to the Clothes Show Live.
The youngster, who hopes to work in aviation, added: “I entered at the Clothes Show Live 2012 not expecting anything back from it until I got the call in early March.
“I was ecstatic!”
The Teen Queen competition winner will have the opportunity to take part in a professional photo-shoot at a top London studio with a renowned team of top stylists in tow.
The lucky winner of the competition will also be introduced to top modelling agency and may be given an amazing modelling contract to help kick start her career.
Organisers also support various projects in Ghana and take a number of the finalists to visit the African country to see firsthand the work of local charities.
Rebecca added: “I love making a difference to peoples lives as I fund-raise for a lot of charities already and have always wanted to do something like that as I know how amazing and eye-opening it would be.”
The competition winner will be announced later this year.