Miss England crowns its first Virtual regional winner in Leicester!
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, like many other event businesses, Miss England was forced to cancel a series of events for the contest scheduled to be held between March – June …
“Its our busiest time for Miss England heats all over the country and it had already taken months planning at different venues ” said Angie who has been running competitions for over 30 years .
“Many of the contestants had already started raising funds for Charities as part of the contest ethos is Beauty with a Purpose .I didn’t want to let the contestants or the charities down by calling it off altogether but at first I thought we had no choice.
Eventually I decided the best way forward was to run the contest online starting with Miss Leicestershire our first contest of the season . The contestants seemed to have enjoyed the virtual experience so far” said Angie.
The Miss Leicestershire contest was due to be held at Leicester’s oldest theatre the Y Theatre on 27thMarch & contestants were raising funds for the Y sponsor a House Campaign.
3 of the top 5 contestants Tia & Emily Rowlands & Khushboo Patel raised over £720 collectively for the charity and Miss World Beauty with a Purpose charity donated £6,000 the Y Sponsor a House Campaign Charity which will pay for a 5 bedroomed house for homeless youngsters living in Leicester. Khushboo Patel became the Top fundraiser raising £326 and both Emily ( 1strunner up) and Kushboo have now won a place in the Miss England next semi final.
Tia Carter, sponsored by Richard Clarke won the public and judges vote for Miss Leicestershire after submitting her talent, catwalk and intro video to the judges . Her older sister Sapphire who normally lives in Leeds as a student was at home and crowned her sister in the Back garden in the sunshine.
Sapphire won Miss Leicestershire herself in 2017 so had a tiara handy! Tia is a 19 year old trainee Mechanic and dance teacher and is now invited to promote a Miss England sponsor called PLASTFREE Sanitary Pads on social media as part of her role www.plastfree.co.uk
Tia said “ With the help of social media I can still do some duties as Miss Leicestershire! Firstly I’m looking forward to educating women about how there are the equivalent to 5 plastic bags in one average sanitary pad which I didn’t know myself “ said Tia !
“I’m so pleased that Tia saw the contest through and all the Top 5 contestants showed true determination carrying on with the contest against all odds” said sponsor Richard Clarke.
The outgoing Miss Leicestershire Millie Richardson gave her final speech on the Miss England You tube Channel .
The Miss England contest has been forced to also postpone the Miss England semi and national final as well planned for June and July .
“I cant plan an event to select this years winner until we know what’s happening so until then we will just carry on and run the qualifying heats online. If it comes to it we may end up choosing the next Miss England winner online and they wont have to leave their house . But hopefully it wont come to that ! “ said Angie