A SOCIAL care worker from Lerwick who received “nasty” comments after being crowned Miss Shetland is hoping to turn the negativity into a positive by claiming success at this year’s Top Model UK competition.
Jade Manson is a finalist in the natural beauty category of the ceremony, which is taking place on 1 and 2 April at the London Metropole Hilton hotel.
Only 160 people have been nominated for the competition’s six sections.
Twenty year old Manson does modelling in her spare time and she won the inaugural Miss Shetland title in Aberdeen in May.
However, it was negative comments about the pageant that galvanised her desire to embark further in modelling.
“I got a lot of stick from people who obviously thought the pageant was hilarious because it’s so out of the ordinary in Shetland to do something like that,” Manson said.
“I got so many nasty things said about me which made me determined to go on and do something better and show them that there are no limits to how far I can go.
“I am going to keep trying to go as far as possible and try to make a good life for myself, so I applied for this in the hope of a confidence boost and to try to not let others bring me down.”
Manson, who is sponsored by local business Sunkissed by Anna for the competition, also admitted that she worried she would be “too fat” for the Top Model UK bosses during her interview stage.
“I was shocked and thrilled that they saw something in me,” she said.
“It really makes me feel proud to just be me.”
The Lerwick woman is also nominated for the competition’s public vote award, which raises money for national charity Children with Cancer.
“I will also be holding charity events over the next coming months,” Manson added.
To vote for Manson in the public award and donate money to charity in the process, visit her fundraising page.