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St Albans teen, Jessica Martins, vies to win Miss Global International title
A St Albans teenager has set her sights on this year’s Miss Global International crown.
Jessica Martins, of Marshall Avenue, is vying to win the worldwide beauty pageant when she takes to the catwalk in her first international competition on September 23.
The 19-year-old was recently crowned Miss Global Madeira 2013-2014 and will now compete against 40 other girls in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the title of Miss Global International.
The former Nicholas Breakspear School pupil said she is very excited.
Miss Martins, who studies History at The University of Kent, said: "Every girl loves to put on a long dress and walk up and down. I just love it.
"I am really excited and nervous at the moment but I am sure I will be absolutely terrified when I get there.
"My family and friends have been really supportive. My mum is so excited; I think she is more excited than me.
"My friends have been great and keep saying ‘oh I can’t wait for you to come back with a big crown.’ "I would love to win but the girls seem really lovely, so I will be happy for whoever wins."
The contestants will battle it out in contests including swim wear, a gown and a current affair heat.
Miss Martins will complete a traditional Portuguese dance, Fado as her special talent if she gets to the final stages of the competition.
As part of the competition, which aims to promote tourism through beauty, Miss Martins is raising money for the Alex Curtis Memorial Trust.
Peter Curtis set up the trust, in memory of his son Alex, who died from an acute asthma attack at the age of 17, in February 2007.
Among her fundraising plans, Miss Martins plans to complete a sponsored walk from her St Albans home to Borehamwood in the next few weeks before her pageant.
She said: "I didn’t know Alex personally, but my mum knew his father so I am keen to raise money for the trust.
"From other people in Nicholas Breakspeare, especially as he was a drama student, I know he was such a nice and popular person. "I think it is important people know about asthma and I am keen to raise as much money and awareness as possible."
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