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By Miss Tees Valley Org, Jun 26 2018 09:37AM

On the morning of June 13th 2017, Miss Tees Valley 2017, Mollie Kell arrived at Manchester Airport to start the trip of a lifetime.....

After winning the Miss Catwalk for a Cause award at the 2017 Live Grand Final in September for raising over £3,700 for Zoes Place Baby Hospice, Middlesbrough and also going on to win the overall Miss Tees Valley 2017 title, Mollie was offered the chance to take on the 3 day Alps Trek Challenge in aid of Zoes Place!!

Mollie arrived in Chamonix, France late afternoon on the 13th June, where she met the trekking team for the first time. Mollie would be joined on the challenge by 3 guides and 18 other fundraisers. During the briefing for the next 3 days the team were told how the conditions up the mountain would be more extreme than normal at this time of year, due to a heavy snow fall later than normal in the season! The whole team were in great spirits though and went onto the enjoy a fantastic BBQ organised by the hotel.

Day 1: Due to a road closure due to the poor conditions up the mountain, the team were tasked with starting the trek with an extra 4km of walking to get to the normal starting point. Despite there being a lot of snow on the ground, the weather was incredible, not a cloud in the sky and the perfect temperature for hiking! The guide explained how people come to the alps for weeks on end and dont get as perfect weather! Due to the heavy snow, Moliie and the team had to cross huge patches of snow on the slippery slopes, local guide and mountaineer Alan was on hand with his ice pick to carve out safe paths! In total today Mollie walked over 22km and climbed 1100 metres during the 10 hour hike crossing the French, Swiss and Italien boarders!! Tonights accomodation would be in a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. Mollie and the trekkers stayed in "bunk rooms" which was incredible fun!

Day 2: Everyone was feeling tired this morning after the big trek yesterday! Todays hike would be 18km, mainly flat along the valley with a 500m climb at the very end to get to Champex, the village Mollie and the team would be staying in that evening. During the hike along the valley the team were very lucky to see some mountain deer running on the rocky slopes and pass through some traditional Swiss Mountain Villages! On arrival at the stunning Hotel Splendide, the trekking team were treated with increidble views from their rooms' balconies and a fabulous 3 course dinner!

Day 3: The final day of the challenge would be another difficult day of climbing, 20km in total and 1000m climbed! Todays challenges also included crossing rocky and fast flowing rivers. At the end of the challenge on return to Chamonix the team enjoyed a fantastic celebration dinner and medals were awarded!

The next day, the team had time to explore stunning Chamonix and then say their goodbyes as they headed back to the airport in the afternoon! Since winnng the Miss Tees Valley title Mollie continued her inspirational fundraising efforts raising another £1,500 for Zoes Place, bringing her individual fundraising total since starting her Miss Tees Valley journey to over £5,000!! WOW!!

WATCH a short documentary of Mollie's time in the alps here:

The Alps Trek challenge takes place twice every year, if you're interested in this incredible journey, please contact Rachael Willmore at Zoes Place Baby Hospice for more information!!

By Miss Tees Valley Org, Feb 2 2018 01:01PM

We've been scouring all of the top pageant/prom dress designers and we have decided that 2018 is ALL about New York based designer, JOVANI! Jovani have dressed top beauty queens, celebs and models including: Arianna Grande, Camilla Cabello, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Nicole Scherzinger, Taylor Swift, Paris Hilton, Miss Universe 2012 -Olivia Culpo, Miss World 2000 -Priyanka Chopra and Victoria Secret Supermodel Adriana Lima, just to name a few!!!

We've chosen our favourite 8 for 2018 that we think would be perfect on the catwalk:

Dress 1: (Top Furthest Left)

This stunning red fishtail dress is PERFECT for pageants, the bodice is COMPLETELY covered in red jewels to give an unrivaled sparkle on stage and the dramatic ruffle fishtail bottom competes the design to make this a total winner!

Dress 2: (Top 2nd from the left)

The top of this stunning fitted navy gown is constructed from large navy and silver jewels to give that WOW sparkle!

Dress 3 (Top 3rd from Left)

This strapless fishtail dress is covered in stunning beadwork and is finished with a feathered bottom, to make you stand out on stage!

Dress 4: (Top furthest Right)

We love the colour of this emerald green ballgown! This is a true princess dress to give you that classic regal look. We can definitely see the crown on the head of the girl wearing this dress!!

Dress 5: (Bottom Left)

This fabulous two-piece is such a flattering fit, with fishtail skirt and low-back top. The floral detail on the front ensures you won't blend in to the crowd in this gown!

Dress 6: (Bottom 2nd from the left)

The ruffle detail down the back of this red dress is so stunning and certainly sets it apart from other designs!

This is a classic pageant design!!

Dress 7: (Bottom 3rd from left)

We love the bright colour of this column dress, fuchsia is always guaranteed to stand out on stage! We love the overlay on this dress which can be 'worked' down the catwalk!

Dress 8: (Bottom Right)

Not many gowns have sleeves but this one is definitiely a show-stopper! Available in black and red, the off-the-shoulder neckline keeps the gown young and fresh and the jewels on the sleeves make sure the dress still has its sparkle!

All of these stunning gowns, plus hundreds more are available now at our incredible dress partner, The Dressworx! All of our lucky Miss Tees Valley 2018 finalists receive a generous 15% discount in store and our 2018 winner will also win a £100 gift card!! Wow!!

The Dressworx, 231 York Road, Hartlepool.

By Miss Tees Valley Org, Nov 7 2017 07:50PM

Beauty Queens including the current Miss Tees Valley, Mollie Kell gathered at the Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough to celebrate Envied Events crossing the £100,000 fundraising milestone for various UK charities. Envied Events organises the Miss Tees Valley, Miss North Yorkshire and Miss West Yorkshire regional finals, as well as the Supermodel England National Competition.

Owner and competition organiser, Alexandra Devine, 27, a former beauty queen and former student of Egglescliffe School started the business in late 2011 after graduating from the University of Manchester, she said “I am so proud to be able to sit with such an inspiring group of young women to celebrate such a fabulous achievement. This is a collective effort of over 200 contestants. When my first competition was staged live in 2012, I never dreamed we could achieve so much for such incredible charities in such a short space of time”.

Beneficiaries of the modelling competitions organised by Alexandra include, Zoes Place Baby Hospice, Middlesbrough (£42,000+ raised), the Butterwick Hospice (£31,800+ raised) and Candlelighters Yorkshire’s Childrens Cancer Charity (£29,000+), as well as smaller amounts going to the Kirkwood Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“Whilst the competitions are about modelling, I think it’s really important that we encourage inner beauty too, we put such a big emphasis on charity work, working in the local community and the contestants forming positive relationships with each other.” said Alexandra. Miss Tees Valley 2016, Ellie Tyers, who also attended the photoshoot said, “Well done to everyone involved, I feel so proud”. Alexandra added, “Its thanks to all of our competition sponsors, including the Cleveland Centre that allow the competitions to keep running year after year, which facilitate us being able to raise such brilliant amounts for worthy local causes”.

Applications are now open for Miss Tees Valley 2018, which will be taking place on August 31st at The Swan Hotel, Bellingham. Applications are being taken now via:

By Miss Tees Valley Org, Sep 13 2017 08:58AM

Another fantastic year of the Miss Tees Valley competition is now over. The 2017 Live Grand Final, in association with the Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough, took place on September 1st in the stunning ballroom of The Swan Hotel, Billingham. 2017 was the year of "Miss Tees Valley Rocks" and what a fun night we had with the themeing! The finalists took to the stage in their black leathers to a mash-up of Queen - We Will Rock You and AC/DC - Back in Black and definitely brought the house down! Our brilliant photographer for the evening, Chris Hall at Click-a-pic photography was also on hand to take some brilliant shots of our guests with every rock themed prop we could lay our hands on!! Our special guest performer for the evening, Danielle Ripley also dazzled the audience, performing classics from Kings of Leon and Coldplay!

This year we raised over £11,250 for Zoes Place, Baby Hospice, Middlesbrough!!! Bringing the Miss Tees Valley competition's overall fundraising total to over £58,500 for Teesside based charities since 2012!!!! WOW! A huge thank you to everyone who helped raise such an incredible amount!!

Before crowning our new winner, we said an emotional goodbye to Miss Tees Valley 2016, Ellie Tyers. What a fanastic representative for the area and role model she has been throughout her reigning year! After some lovely speeches and gift exchange, Ellie took to the catwalk for her final walk as Miss Tees Valley! Ellie was also part of our judging panel, alongside other former Miss Tees Valley winners, Ailish Shaw and Rebecca Ridsdale, Zoes Place Community Fundraiser, Rachael Willmore and guest performer Danielle Ripley.

Congratulations to Mollie Kell, 17, from Stockton on Tees who was crowned Miss Tees Valley 2017. Mollie also won the Miss Catwalk for a Cause Award having single-handedly raised £3,820 for Zoes Place and the Miss Congeniality award, for being the most friendly contestant, as voted for by the other finalists! 1st Runner-Up was Amber Lockett and 2nd Runner-Up was Lydia Booth!

No matter the result, all of the finalists looked and performed absolutely incredibly and we are sad to say goodbye to the Miss Tees Valley Class of 2017! We hope we will see some of you, if not all, compete again in future!

Thank you to our other main sponsors The Dressworx and Flawless Photography Studio, as well as all of our finalist sponsors, who's support allow the competition to keep growning year on year! And a special thank you to Make-Up artist Chantelle McGrath, who works with us anually styling our finalists so that they are stage ready!

Stay tuned for the Miss Tees Valley 2018 theme to be announced soon!! The 2018 Live Grand Final will take place on Friday 31st August at The Swan Hotel Billingham!

By Miss Tees Valley Org, Jul 13 2017 10:14AM

Miss Tees Valley 2015, Rebecca Ridsdale is currently in sunny El Gouna, Red Sea Resort representing England at the Top Model of the World international finals!!! Rebecca won the 2 week, 5 star, all expenses paid trip, after representing the Tees Valley at the Supermodel England National Final in November 2016.

Rebecca and over 50 other delegates from around the world are spending the two week competition staying in the 5* Ancient Sands Resort & Spa and have been treated to an incredible amount of fabulous activities, as well as taking part in photoshoots and fashion shows!! The ladies have been ocean diving in the red sea to swim with dolphins, visited the desert and rode camels, taken part in watersports and pool parties and have been to a traditional Egyptian entertainment evening!!

Over the past 10 days we have been so happy to hear from Rebecca that she is having an incredible time and has made some fantastic friends from across the globe!! The Live Grand Final is taking place tomorrow night (July 14th) and whatever the outcome, we are so so proud of Rebecca who has represented England and the Tees Valley incredibly!!! Rebecca will be wearing a Jasz Couture dress from The Dressworx, Hartlepool during the live grand final!!! The top prize is $10,000 cash and other prizes worth $20,000!!!

Rebecca will be flying back to Newcastle on July 17th, as a true winner, with or without the international crown!!