Doncaster woman nominated for national diversity award for her charity magazine

A pageant queen turned writer has gained the attention of a national award after creating a new magazine which raises money for charity.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:27 pm

Charlie Lister, 33, from Auckley started the Crowns and Sashes magazine during lockdown.

Her passion project has grown and now she has been nominated for A National Diversity Award.

Charlie said: “It’s really exciting.

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Charlie Lister started her magazine during lockdown.

“This magazine is my baby and I love to see it growing.”

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The National Diversity Awards celebrate role models, entrepreneurs and community organisations.

Charlie started as a one woman operation but she now has a team of five working on the magazine.

She has amassed 1,000 followers on Instagram.

They have managed to raise £900 for The Samaritans over the past three and a half months.

She said: “I did pageants from a young age and I want to shine a light on all participants and help to remove the stigma.

“We don’t just do it because we get to wear nice dresses and a tiara."

Charlie believes that they were nominated because they’re making the exclusive world of pageants more inclusive through their magazine.

“We’re really bringing the pageants community together,” she said.

“We feature queens and finalists from all over the world.

“But we also raise awareness about issues in the industry and try to add many voices into the conversation.”

This is not the only award that Charlie has been involved in since the creation of her magazine.

She won a Pageant Coaching award from Sparkle and Rhinestone earlier this year.

She will find out if she is a finalist in the National Diversity Awards in the next couple of weeks.

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