Is a beauty pageant win written in the stars?
A Peterhead teenager is set to compete for the chance to become the next Miss Galaxy in an international beauty pageant.
Model Jordan Smith, known professionally as Jordan Nicola, will travel down to Lancashire in March to fight it out with contestants from around the country for the Scottish title in the Miss Galaxy competition.
National winners then fly to Florida for the overall competition to be crowned international Miss Galaxy.
This summer Rachael Tate from Wales took the overall prize, a feat Jordan hopes to emulate.
The 18-year-old said: “The day revolves around rehearsals, makeup and then getting out there.
“It’s definitely nerve-wracking but luckily my auntie is sponsoring me in Miss Galaxy so she’ll be there to support me.
“It will be the first time someone from my family will have seen me model.”
Beauty pageants such as Miss Galaxy involve a number of modelling rounds such as casualwear, eveningwear and swimwear as well as a personality interview.
She admits she finds the interview stage the most difficult but remains positive: “I can only try.”
Jordan also dismissed the perception beauty pageants involve backstabbing other contestants.
She said: “They’re made out to be like that but you’re actually just with a bunch of girls.
“I’ve made friends with people I wouldn’t even have met because we’re all passionate about the same thing.”
Scunthorpe-born Jordan, now working at Argos in Peterhead, has already taken part in fashion shows and photoshoots in the North East after being picked up by an agent earlier this year.
In November’s Miss Year 2013 in Aberdeen Jordan is also entering a charity shop round.
Her entire outfit was bought for £10 in Peterhead’s British Heart Foundation branch.
Jordan is also set to take part in a fundraising photoshoot for the charity.
Despite her rising profile though Jordan is realistic about her future.
She said: “I know in my heart I’d love to have this as a career but I know in reality it could never be full-time. You can never be guaranteed modelling work.”
Instead she would like to pursue a future in photography, a hobby she has had for several years.
She said: “I’ve always loved it but I used to find it hard to work with models.
“Now I know how it feels to be on the other side of the camera.”
For more information about Jordan visit her Facebook page.