THEy say age before beauty but a Doncaster teen has become the youngest contestant ever to win the coveted title of Miss South Yorkshire.
Striking 17-year-old Caroline Welch scooped the crown after beating off competition from 22 others finalists.
Former Campsmount pupil Caroline, of Moss, said: “I couldn’t believe it I have always been interested in pageants but I never thought I’d win there were so many beautiful girls in the competition.
“All my family and friends were so pleased my mum was crying her eyes out.”
But it wasn’t all glamour on the quest for the crown as Caroline took part in charity bag packing at Asda, an Army-style boot camp, and was drenched with gunge at a charity carnival as well as putting on a series of fund-raising events.
Judges on the night at included Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Caroline, who lives with parents Caroline and James, 46 and 49, and has two brothers Sam, 21, and 24-year-old James plans to go to college in Bradford to become a make-up artist.
She will now go on to represent South Yorkshire in the Miss England finals in June and if she is successful in that will be in with a shout of the Miss World crown.
She said: “It’s been a great experience and I’m looking forward to doing more work for charity.
“I just want to show people that even though I’m only 17 I can be a good role model.”
As well as winning the coveted title of Miss South Yorkshire Caroline also scooped prizes including a photo shoot, hair products, overnight hotel stay and a gown to wear when she competes for the title of Miss England in June.
Speaking about her ambitions for the future Caroline said: “I would love to become a Asian\’ Arabic Bridal mobile make up artist and would like to do more modelling in the future.”
The final raised £8,000 for five charities, including SAFE@LAST which helps Doncaster children who have run away, or are at risk of running away from home.