Lowestoft teenager overcomes anorexia and wins a spot at Miss Teen GB pageant
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A Lowestoft teenager who overcame anorexia earlier this year will be using her battle to inspire others at the Miss Teen Great Britain pageant.
Abbie Jackson, 18, won a spot in the final in Blackpool and will be facing competition from across the country.
She will be representing Suffolk, and wants to use the pageant to raise awareness of eating disorders and mental health charities.
Miss Jackson, of Lowestoft, said: 'I do a lot of musical theatre and I came across the competition online and thought it would be good to apply and get more experience being on stage.
'I had to fill out a form, answer questions about myself and send over pictures.
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'They asked a lot about charity and what causes you would represent if you won and they asked about big things you had overcome in your life.
'I recently suffered from anorexia and I was in an inpatient unit for three months until I was discharged in March.
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'It was something that was difficult but I have come so far since then and I didn't think I would be able to do something like this in such a short space of time.'
Miss Jackson has decided to support Beat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity.
At the final she will take part in the opening stage walk, where the girls will be dressed in white, red or blue, before completing an interview and modelling fashion and everyday clothes. The event will conclude with the crowning.
She said: 'I think I will be nervous but I am excited. I am not expecting to win, I just want to go for the experience.
'But if I did win it would mean so much because I have been through a lot recently and it would be a real achievement from where I was a few months ago.'
The winner of Miss Teen Great Britain will walk away £1,000, among other prizes.
The grand final will be held on October 23 and 24 at The Globe.
Miss Jackson is looking for sponsors for the competition, and anyone who would like to help can contact her at email@example.com