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Woodford Green pupil with striking blue eyes wins beauty pageant

PUBLISHED: 16:16 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 31 August 2017

Seven year old Hashim Qureshi. Picture: Qassim Qureshi

Seven year old Hashim Qureshi. Picture: Qassim Qureshi

Qassim Qureshi

A blue eyed boy from Chigwell has been crowned winner of the Mini Mr British Empire UK contest.

Hashim triumphed over hundreds of other children to win. Picture: Qassim QureshiHashim triumphed over hundreds of other children to win. Picture: Qassim Qureshi

Seven year old Hashim Qureshi, beat off competition from hundreds of other applicants to win the pageant which was organised by former Miss Great Britain, Liz Fuller.

To be considered for the title, the Woodford Green Preparatory School pupil had to dazzle in a tuxedo catwalk, shine in a causal catwalk and impress in a question and answers round.

His journey from Chigwell to champion began when his dad Qassim Qureshi, 41, saw an advert for the competition a few months ago.

“He has got these gorgeous eyes and everyone said when he was little that we should get him into modelling,” Mr Qureshi told the Recorder.

Hashim Qureshi at the award ceremony with other contestants.Hashim Qureshi at the award ceremony with other contestants.

“But we wanted him to be aware of what he was doing and he had to want to do it so we waited until he was old enough to understand.”

Hashim thoroughly enjoyed the experience and acted like a “professional” during all stages of the completion.

He even “took charge” and made tweaks to his routine to show his playful character.

The judges were impressed with what they saw and gave Hashim the Mini Mr British Empire UK title at an awards ceremony at Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road, Buckinghamshire on August 24.

“We are so proud of him,” added Mr Qureshi”

“He really enjoyed it and we are staring to look into other opportunities – he has just auditioned for an up and coming movie.”

Despite all the glitz and the glamour, Hashim’s feet are firmly on the ground and between school work and auditions he likes to sing karaoke and play football for Shield Academy Barkingside.

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