Thursday's TV pick: Beauty Queen or Bust

Published Thursday, Jun 26 2014, 16:23 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Every year, regional heats take part across England for hopefuls to battle for a place in the Miss World competition - and Beauty Queen or Bust charts the highs and lows of being a beauty queen.

We start with the heats in Wolverhampton, where three entrants in the Miss Black Country heat go through the rigorous rounds – interviews, bootcamp and catwalk – to see if they have what it takes to win the crown.

Beauty Queen or Bust, C4, Thu 26 Jun

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It's an expensive business with all the hair extensions, fake tans, nails and clothes needed, and with unemployment among women at its highest in the Black Country, the girls need all they can get to enter the contest.

There's 18-year-old Diamond, who was kicked out of school for being naughty and worries that she'll never find a job. Sammy Jo has been unemployed for two years and lives in a hostel with other jobless teens, and finally 19-year-old Natalie has been refused work in all sorts of places, so has started her own mobile hair extension business in order to buy the perfect pageant dress.

Beauty Queen or Bust, Channel 4, 9pm

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