A young woman from Bourne who has just graduated from university is set to compete for the title of Miss England at her first ever pageant taking place this weekend.
Amelia Parrish, aged 21, from Haconby, near Bourne, has been busy preparing for the semi-finals of Miss England, taking place this Sunday, just days after winning the prestigious title of Miss Lincolnshire.
Having just finished her business degree at the University of Sheffiled, Amelia is ready to prove to young girls that you really can have both brains and beauty.
The former Stamford High School pupil has been thrust into the world of glitz and glamour, after winning the regional heat which she applied for on a whim.
Never having modelled before, Amelia was shocked to hear she had won the title of Miss Lincolnshire, which this year was selected by a panel of judges online. She said: “I was absolutely over the moon and honoured to hold such a title of responsibility. I found out I’d won whilst on holiday in Rome, so it was a big shock!”
On Sunday, Amelia will join more than 60 other regional finalists at Kelham Hall and Country Park in Newark to perform in the semi-finals, in the hope of winning a place in the Miss England Final.
As part of the semi-finals, Amelia will take to the stage for the Miss England pageant which this year includes an eco show, where contestants have had to create their own eco outfit based on the theme of the races.
Amelia said: “I’ve been so busy this week, it’s been manic. I’ve been spending the last few days frantically trying to create my eco-outfit.”
Amelia hopes that her new title will enable her to act as a positive role model for young girls, to prove that you can pursue your dreams if you work hard.
She said: “I strongly believe in empowering young women and I hope I can be a role model and show that you can purse having a career and a degree, as well as taking on an exciting challenge like this on the side.”
An online vote is currently open for all of the Miss England competitors, of which the winner of the public vote will be fast tracked into the Miss England Final.
Once at the semi-finals their fate will be in the hands of the judges, which include Carina Tyrrell, the reigning Miss England and Jordan Williams, the reigning Mr England.
Amelia adds: “To win the competition would mean everything. I just love the rush and excitement of it all.”
To help Amelia reach the finals visit the Miss England website to place your vote.