Miss Cheshire Natasha Hemmings crowned Miss England 2015
16 August 2015, Nirapad News: A first year university student has proved you can have both brains and beauty after taking the tiara at this year’s Miss England pageant.
Natasha Hemmings, an English literature student at Nottingham University, beat 50 other finalists to win the title at the final, held in Coventry on Friday night.
But the stunning teenager, also known as Miss Cheshire, is not only beautiful: she is also talented, having been classically trained at the Royal Junior Northern College of Music before taking up her place at Nottingham.
The glittering final came after months of hard work by all the girls, who had each been busy doing charity work and preparing for the climax of the competition.
For Natasha – who describes the former Miss England as her ‘inspiration’ – the contest was a chance to build up her confidence.
The 19-year-old told Cheshire Life: ‘My confidence and self esteem were a bit low. Because I was studying at two schools I was feeling a little isolated and nervous of making friends and it did affect me.
‘I had never heard of the competition before but it was a great idea because it’s really helped me come out of my shell.’
But despite never having heard of the Miss England pageant, she was quickly converted – and launched into an impassioned defence when journalist Rowan Pelling wrote an article in The Telegraph describing this sort of contest as seeming ‘as relevant as white gloves and Playtex girdles’.
‘The Miss England catwalk has such diversity of size, talent and ambition,’ she wrote in a blog on the Miss Cheshire website.
‘Our current ambassador ‘Carina Tyrell’ is a Cambridge graduate and a doctor, she is also an incredible humanitarian and as a finalist I hope to be able to continue the important work she has been doing.
‘Miss England is the pinnacle of the competition and allows the contestants to showcase their talents and abilities.
‘With at least two of the girls from the country’s leading Russell Group universities and world ranking conservatoire, England really has got a lot to offer.’
Natasha will now receive a prize package worth £30,000, including a luxury holiday to Sri Lanka, before heading off the China for the Miss World pageant.
If she triumphs in that contest, not only will she pick up at $100,000 prize, and the coveted crown, she will become a charity ambassador charged with raising thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children throughout the world.