20 minutes with...Charlotte Lister

Charlotte Lister, winner of Miss British Empire Sheffield 2013
Charlotte Lister, winner of Miss British Empire Sheffield 2013
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Charlotte Lister, 26, of Old Hall Road, Bentley, is an award-winning model and blogger. Last month she was crowned Miss British Empire Sheffield will compete for the national title in London in December.

What’s your earliest memory?

Christmas Day when I was about three, having dinner and opening presents with the family.

How were your schooldays?

At primary school I really loved going to school. However, in secondary school I got quite badly bullied. I try to take the positive from the situation, though, as it has helped me to be a stronger person and more determined to achieve my goals.

Childhood holidays?

I went on a lot of holidays with my grandparents. They took me all over the world and we had such an amazing time. It was full of swimming and having lots of fun.

Things that make you smile?

When my daughter comes up to me, gives me a big cuddle and says she loves me. Also, it makes me smile to know that through my charity work I am helping people in some way - whether it be inspiring them to achieve their goals like I have done or fundraising for local charities like the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.

Pet hates?

Rudeness and bullying. There is no need for it.

First film you remember seeing at the cinema?

I can’t remember the first film I ever saw but I know I used to go to cinema club at Warner Bros (now known as Vue) on a Saturday morning.

Favourite song?

Return to Sender by Elvis. It’s a family favourite.

Favourite place?

Anywhere, as long as I’m with my family.

The first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?

I would pay off my mortgage.

What do you do to relax?

I love reading and also being pampered - whether its booking into the hairdressers or just applying a face mask at home.

Any life lessons you’d like to pass on?

Don’t accept the word no. Keep trying.

Worst job you’ve ever had?

Working for a financial company.

Any ambition yet to fulfil?

My dream is to be a teacher. I am a third of the way there as I am already qualified in one of the three courses required for adult teaching.

What’s got you hooked on TV at the moment?

Revolution - the American science fiction drama series.

Ideal dinner companion - past or present?

Cheryl Cole. I just love her style and how humble she is.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Ryan Gosling.

Favourite food?

It has to be Oreo chocolate - it’s lovely.

Favourite animal?

Cats.

Favourite film?

Romeo and Juliet.

One wish for the world?

I believe that no one should have to suffer through illness, bullying or abuse.