An Islington teenager set her sights on becoming an Asian beauty queen and winning a place in the Miss England finals.
Chandi Deb, 17, of Holloway, has been competing against 37 other girls to win the title of Miss Asian Model 2011.
The former pupil of Highbury Fields School in Highbury Hill said: “I was really surprised to be chosen. This is my first ever beauty contest so it is really exciting.”
The 17-year-old is a student at the Westminster Kingsway College and is a former pupil of Grafton Primary School which is in Eburne Road in Holloway.