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Edgware model backs mental health campaign with Young Minds
A teenage model is proving beauty is more than skin deep as she backs a national mental health charity.
Samira Sidhu, of Riverdene, Edgware, was selected as an ambassador for YoungMinds after she made it to the finals of Miss Teen Great Britain.
The 18-year-old was crowned Miss Greater London last month and is now juggling practising for the next pageant with raising awareness about mental health issues in children and young adults.
She said: “I’ve always loved the arts but have never tried beauty pageants before, so I thought I might as well try my hand at it.
“I loved it but I didn’t expect to make it to the finals, it’s really been a dream come true."
Samira believes pageants are about more than how you look – they’re about what’s inside as well.
She added: “I want to be able to use my success to start campaigning for mental health charities and spreading the word about the good work they do.”
When she was 12, Samira was awarded a scholarship to attend Ravenscourt Drama School in Hammersmith and today she is a keen singer-songwriter.
With a day job at telephone company Jam, based at the Borehamwood Enterprise Centre, she has also starred in the Bad Girls music video alongside rapper Big Chris.
Samira is now keen to be crowned the winner at the finals of the beauty pageant in Blackpool on September 1 and eager to champion the work of YoungMinds so young people can get help when they need it.
She added: “I really want to make a difference. For me, raising awareness about mental health is something I feel very passionately about.
“I was impressed by the work YoungMinds do. Youngsters are so worried about body image and that’s how they develop eating disorders and I’m keen to put an end to that.”
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