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Carlisle friends battle for Miss Cumbria title

Two Carlisle teens will test their friendship to the limit when they battle for the title of top beauty queen.

Miss Cumbria finalists photo
Laura Nugent, left, and Natasha Laurence

Best friends Laura Nugent, 18, and Natasha Lawrence, 17, have both been picked for the finals of Miss Cumbria 2010. But rather than letting it come between them, they hope to support each other through the contest.

Before the event in Carlisle on July 3, they plan to hold a series of fundraisers for the Variety Club children’s charity.

Laura, of Nelson Street, Denton Holme, said: “I’ve done no pageants before so I’m a bit scared, but it should be cool having someone there to do it with. At first I thought it might cause us not to be friends, but we’ve decided just to stick together and hold each other’s hand.”

Both studying beauty therapy at Carlisle College, the girls will be giving people treatments, doing sponsored walks and baking cakes to help raise the cash. They have also been asked to raise £150 each towards hair styling, makeup and dresses for the contest. Laura added: “I was so shocked I got through, I didn’t really ask much about what’s happening at the event. It’s a catwalk production though – the winner gets a £650 voucher for a photo shoot, then they get entered into the semi-finals of Miss England.”

The winning girl will have the chance to represent the country in the Miss World competition in Vietnam, which carries a $100,000 prize.

Natasha, of Count Crescent, Upperby, said: “I’ve had a passion for modelling for a long time, so anything like this that comes up is good news.

“It would be really good if either me or Laura won – at first I wasn’t so sure, but I think it’s great that we get to do it together.”

Laura and Natasha will join finalists including cafe manager Lucy Ruggles, 21, from Keswick, Emma Winder, 23, from Lowry Hill, Carlisle, and Emma Sowerby, 22, from Harraby, Carlisle.

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thank you every on for all your support and awarness meens lots for me and Laura love from Natasha xxx

Posted by Natasha Luisa-Maria Lawrence on 28 May 2010 at 16:37

Go girls! you are both so beautiful and talented and it is fab that you will support each other best of luck kirsty xx

Posted by kirsty cnnelly on 27 May 2010 at 22:26

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