The hunt is on to find this year’s Miss Nottingham to represent the city in the Miss England finals in London this June.
Last year’s winner Juliette Brashier is urging girls to get involved. She says the contest is not just a beauty pageant, as contestants must prove their awareness of health and fitness in the sporting round and promote recycling in the ethical fashion round.
“It’s given me so many opportunities to raise awareness of charities and organisations.” – Juliette Brashier
Angie Beasley is the director of Miss England and says the swimwear parade was replaced with a sports round seven years ago.
“We collaborate with the British Army fitness department. It’s so important that the winner of Miss Nottingham is a suitable role model for young girls. They must present a healthy lifestyle and prove that sport is not just for the boys!” – Angie Beasley
Contestants must be aged between 17 and 24 and from the local area. They will take part in auditions from which 20 finalists will be selected. The Miss Nottingham winner will be selected in March this year, and the Miss England contest will be held in June. Those thinking they may not fit the entry criteria need to remember the competition isn’t all about looks. Talents such as poetry have been key in previous winners success.
In recent years, the Miss England group has raised more than £250,000 for The Variety children’s charity from holding regional and national events.