Beauty Queen Diaries

Stories, Interviews, advice and more, on all things pageantry.


Being Miss Teen York Galaxy has provided me with countless opportunities and life experiences, those of which I am incredibly fortunate to have. That is why I believe it is crucial to have a platform as a title holder; in order to give back to your community and to those who are not as fortunate. As a subject very personal to me, fostering has been a fantastic platform, allowing me to promote and engage people in an important cause.

Fostering has been an intrinsic element of my life from the age of six, with my mum and I fostering for Barnardos. Currently we foster for York City council, with my foster brother having lived with me for five years. Although fostering can never be considered easy, it has taught me so much and truly enriched my life.

Throughout my journey of pageantry I have promoted fostering for York City council, mainly providing insight into how they can support foster siblings. Being a foster sibling is an incredibly rewarding experience, yet sharing your home, your life and your love with another person that has been through so much is demanding and these young people need support.
I also aid York City council through helping recruit new foster careers. Below are statistics from the Fostering Network showing the need for more foster families.

The more families that foster, the more children are placed in appropriate and stable placements that won’t break down.

I am so grateful to the Galaxy system for enabling me to promote a platform so close to my heart and I hope reading this people are inspired to find out more about fostering and the impact it has.

If anyone has any questions about my experience as a foster sister than please don’t hesitate to email me at

Further information can be found at and by contacting your local council.

Madison Clarke – Miss Teen York Galaxy



Have you voted?

No not in America or Brexit, that’s old news!

I’m talking about the Natural Sparkle Magazine Awards.

The short list of nomination are in and you can now cast your votes by CLICKING HERE

I personally think the awards are an amazing idea. It’s a wonderful chance to show those working hardest in our community, that we are all recognising their hard work. So this is a personal plea to make sure you cast our votes, every vote counts.

Obviously if there was a Pageant Blog catagory I’m sure you would vote for us!

The award ceremony will be held at a fantastic Christmas Ball, on Saturday 3rd December, at Leigh Masonic Hall, 61 Ellesmere Street, Leigh, WN7 4LQ. Tickets are just £20 for adults and £10 for children.

To book your tickets just email

Get voting!

Book Review! More Misdemeanours

The second in the series, More Misdemeanours takes the reader behind the scenes of the pageant world, with fascinating tales revealing both the guts, and the glory, that go hand in hand with the smiles and the glamour we see on stage.

Sally-Ann’s delivery weaves together interviews and firsthand accounts with facts and
context, to not only make sense of some of the most scandalous stories in pageantry, but also to unravel how pageants have played their part (for better or worse) through some of Continue reading “Book Review! More Misdemeanours”

Time To Get To Work

So you have received your acceptance letter, finally your sash arrives and last but not least your finalist pack. Then it finally hits you, now the hard work really begins.

If you follow me on social media you could be lured into thinking I am just pageants, but I am here to reassure you, I also run my own businesses, train 5 plus times a week and make time for my favourite person, my man. On occasion I’ve even been accused of having a social life and I try to attend most of my families special occasions. The key is planning and staying on top of your work load.

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Book Review! Misdemeanours

This review was written by Miss West Lothian Galaxy 2016/17 – Natalie Graham

I bought Misdemeanours; Beauty Queen Scandals as a holiday read thinking it would take me a few days by the pool to read… well how wrong I was! In a short 2 hour 30 minute flight, I had read the book cover to cover and all I can say is wow!

Sally – Ann’s knowledge of everything pageant related is implausible and this book will not disappoint. You do not have to be an avid pageant goer or pageant follower to read this book. Sally-Ann gives great knowledge of various pageant systems whilst keeping each Continue reading “Book Review! Misdemeanours”

There’s always more to learn

As I have said on the about page, I had no idea what I was coming into. One things was clear to me when I signed up to my second Galaxy was I needed a coach.

I have worked with two amazing companies, The London School of Pageantry and Feel Like A Queen Coaching, both of which I love. The key thing to remember in pageantry, as with life, is there’s always more to learn. The moment you think you know it all, is the moment you loose in life. This is exactly where I was in life a few years ago and since opening my eyes and ears and shutting my mouth more, I have learnt and grown way beyond what I thought was possible.

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It’s what you wear from ear to ear…

There’s a reason why beauty queens are known for their beautiful smiles and it’s not just because of the Vaseline we apparently all put on out teeth, something I am yet to try. A smile is universal. A smile is a sign of happiness and kindness. A smile is the most beautiful thing you can wear.

Living in London we have a reputation for being grumpy and miserable. A couple of months before moving back from Cornwall I visited friends in our capital city. While sat on the tube I smiled broadly at the lady sitting opposite. The friend I was travelling with strongly drug me in the ribs, and whispered in my ear, “you can’t smile at people in Continue reading “It’s what you wear from ear to ear…”

Don’t let their negativity consume you.

I’m lucky to have experienced a lot in my short life so far. I’ve had many adventures and jumped at most opportunities. I’ve lived, loved and laughed. I have done things I’m incredible proud of and things I’m not so keen on, but of everything I have done by far the most controversial thing seems to be the passion I have developed for health and fitness.

We are currently living in a world that is more likely to voice support for those who are obese then those who are healthy. God forbid they be passionate about it too. Now I do have some strong opinions about people saying it’s okay to be overweight, but that’s not what I am writing about today. That’s a battle for another time. What I find harder and Continue reading “Don’t let their negativity consume you.”

The Truth About Your Tummy Troubles

It’s no secret that one of the biggest problem areas for women is the tummy area. While as women we will naturally hold more fat in these “baby producing” area of our bodies, the modern day lifestyle has now left us with body fat over and above healthy requirements and our spare tyres are now becoming detrimental to our health.

I’m now two years into fighting the bulge and while the “perfect body” fads change monthly with each new celebrity crush we stalk on Instagram, a flat stomach has always been at the top of the desire pile. So why is it so hard to achieve something we so passionately want? As a strong believer of “if you want it enough, you will find a way”, it’s Continue reading “The Truth About Your Tummy Troubles”

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