A Cwmgwili schoolgirl took to the stage at London Fashion Week after claiming her second national pageant crown.

Frances Watkins, who attends Canolfan Y Amanwy at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, made history last year when she became the first teenager in the UK to win a national pageant using a wheelchair.

She has now added a second national title to her name after being crowned Teen Miss Brittania Crystal last week.

The 16-year-old, who was diagnosed cerebral palsy at 10 months old, has been in a wheelchair for most of her life but mum Marie says that she has always wanted to compete in pageants.

Over the last three years, the teenager has been competing in pageants up and down the country including ‘Faces of the Globe’, ‘Crown and Glory’, ‘Ultimate Beauty of the World’ and ‘Miss Beauty UK’ after being inspired by a popular TV programme.

“She always used to watch Toddlers and Tiaras on TV” said Frances’ mum, Marie.“We didn’t know they did it in the UK, but when we found out that there are pageants over here, Frances wanted to be a part of it.

“She won the Natural Beauty pageant in North Wales last year and is currently Teen Natural Beauty Wales

“Over the last year, Frances has had a fabulous time. From afternoon tea and photo shoots to interviews with ITV news and S4C to having articles printed in the paper.”

On Sunday, Frances took the stage at London Fashion Week, something she was experiencing for the first time.

Her mum added: “She’s raised the most money for charity and she was the first one ever to win a national pageant using a wheelchair in the UK - I am very proud.

“She wanted to do it and she uses an electric wheelchair so she can go on stage herself, on her own.

“As a family we are so proud of her and we are so thankful for everyone that has helped her over the years.”