"My name is Charlotte Lister. I’m 33 and the current Ms Diamond South Yorkshire which leads to Ms Diamond U.K. and then Ms Regency International. I volunteer for my local children’s hospice and support my local cancer charity. I’m a mum to a daughter who is 10 this year and a fur baby called Hugo. I’m a college student and I have studied a number of courses this year both in the pageant platform and also to benefit my future career which is to become a teaching assistant. When I’m not studying or in pageant land I love travelling but to Covid this has been put on hold until the virus is under control. Once it’s safe to do so I’ll be back travelling again next year I’m due to travel to Iceland, Prague and Venice but only if it’s safe to do so. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family as well as reading and socializing with my friends."
What do you do and why do you do it?
As the current Ms Diamond South Yorkshire I work with a local children’s hospice which includes attending events and raising money for the hospice and I also support my local cancer charity which helps cancer patients with wig loans and beauty treatments free of charge. I’m constantly trying to gain new knowledge in my pageant platform which is Cancer Awareness and End of Life Care and I have just completed a Level 2 accreditation in Understanding Cancer Support and I’m currently studying a Level 2 accreditation in End of Life Care. I am wanting to be a health advocate for myself and others and also encourage them to be a health advocate for themselves by noticing changes in there body and seeking medical help when needed.
When I’m not in pageant land I’m currently training to be a teaching assistant.
How does what you do benefit others?
The work I do not only benefits the children and the families in the hospice, it also supports people in the South Yorkshire area who have cancer as the charity helps boost there confidence and also offers support through group activities as well as on the phone.
I have taken part in a number of cancer awareness days including video so others know the signs of the different cancer that can affect them. I also hold a filmed interview called Cancer Chats with Charlotte which highlights different cancers, how it affects people indirectly or directly and how they have turned this into a positive, I want people to be able to talk about cancer openly as it now affects 1 in 3 people in the U.K.
Describe your career journey and how it led you to where you are now.
My career on pageantry started in 2012 where I entered a pageant called Miss British Empire York I then went on to win the Sheffield heat and the Publicity Award at the U.K. final. I also competed internationally at the Face of the Globe Pageant where I represented England. After that I was awarded the title of Ms Role Model U.K. in the Royal U.K. Miss System and after a break I’m back in the Ms Diamond U.K. system which leads onto Regency International which is held in Vegas. Due to covid both my U.K. and international final were postponed and both are due to take place next year once it’s safe to do so.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I would love to have an international crown on my head so I can talk about my pageant platform to a larger audience. Non pageant wise I want to have completed my teacher assistant training and be working in a school to support children in there academic futures.
If you could have one superpower to help you further your purpose, what would it be and why? How would you use it?
To be able to click my fingers and rid cancer of the world.