Artist crowned beauty queen

Bisoye Abi Salu, who has won  Miss West Yorkshire
Bisoye Abi Salu, who has won Miss West Yorkshire

A BEAUTY QUEEN who has been crowned the first ever Miss West Yorkshire is selling her artworks to help children around the world.

Bisoye Abi Salu, best known as Abi, is raising the money for the Beauty with a Purpose Charity as she prepares for the Miss England semi-final.

Miss Salu, 20, from Outwood, is selling her identity themed artwork to raise more money for the charity that helps children around the world.

The former Pontefract NEW College student is also being sponsored to quit junk food for a fortnight as part of her fundraising.

Miss Salu, who is originally from Nigeria, said: “The artwork is all about what makes identity. For some people it’s hairstyle, or background, but it all makes your identity.

“I’m just a normal girl and I want to help people because I know what it feels like to not having things.”

To win the Miss West Yorkshire title she had to model a number of different outfits, including an eco-dress that she made her self from bin liners and a broken umbrella.

But she also had to show that she was charitable and a good role model.

She said: “There’s a lot of stereotypes about beauty pageants but it is definitely not just about the beauty outside.

“It’s about the uniqueness of the individual and their ability to want to contribute to a good cause and be a good role model.

“I want to prove that you don’t have to be born in a place to represent it.

“It doesn’t matter about your background, so long as you’re willing to commit 100 per cent to it, which I am.”

Miss Salu is also set to go to Huddersfield University in September to study fashion and marketing.

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