Aspiring model Ana, 12, makes waves on pageant debut
Ana Ramos Martins, 12, is a finalist in Face of the Globe and and Model Search UK and a semi-finalist in Little Miss Teen Great Britain – the first three competitions she has ever entered.
She said that when she is older she wanted to be a full-time model, something she has dreamed about since being a little girl.
She said: “I really enjoy modelling fashions, it has always been a fun activity for me.
“Most of my friends spur me on and like me doing it,” she added.
The competitions carry a range of different prizes, but Ana said: “The prize for me is having the honour to win. I would feel really proud of myself. I hope I enjoy it and I want to enter more competitions.”
While child beauty competitions have been criticised by some in the media for enforcing the message that physical appearance is all-important, her father Fernando said: “If children really want to do it then why criticise?
“They are doing something they like. It is a dream come true for them.
“They make friends and it helps with their confidence.”