Tuesday 23 January 2018

Miss GB contestants brave cold

Finalists of the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant run on the beach beside Weston-super-Mare Pier
Finalists of the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant run on the beach beside Weston-super-Mare Pier

Sixty Miss Great Britain final contestants have braved freezing weather to parade around a beach in skimpy swimsuits.

The models - who are hoping to win the Miss GB contest on Saturday night - put on one-piece costumes to pose for photographs on Weston-super-Mare beach.

They braved temperatures of minus 2C and a strong wind to strut their stuff in front of the Grand Pier, recently re-opened after a £50 million refurbishment following a devastating fire.

Among the contestants hoping to walk off with the beauty crown is single-mother Charlotte Campbell. Miss Campbell, 23, who gave birth to son Bobby two years ago joins four other mothers, who are married, in reaching the final.

The black belt in Taekwando was recently crowned Miss York City and entered the national competition after the rules were changed to allow single mothers to compete for the first time in 65 years. Miss Campbell, who is a qualified pole dance teacher and has even set up her own fitness club, hopes to win the title by impressing judges with her new skills.

She said: "I definitely like to think of myself as a role model representing other single women around the country that have got young children, especially single mothers that are raising their children alone.

"I feel extremely privileged to be part of such a ground breaking and historical change in the rules with beauty pageants and bringing the beauty pageant industry up to date and I am very proud to be part of that. I'd like to think I can (win) but there are 60 girls here and everyone's special in their own way. A lot of the girls are very beautiful and everyone's got a different story as well. You just never know, it's going to be very tough competition but I am here to win.

Unmarried mothers are being allowed to enter Miss Great Britain for the first time in a move to modernise the oldest beauty contest in the UK. To promote equal opportunity, new owner Liz Fuller has also banned bikinis, with a return to a one-piece swimsuit round.

Miss Campbell will also be competing against teenager Marita Davies. The 19-year-old, who plans to go to university next year, was in a wheelchair for a year and had to learn to walk after she suffered terrible injuries as a passenger in car that crashed on New Year's Eve three years ago.

Marita, who was crowned Miss Nottingham City earlier this year, said she could be a role model for other people facing life changing circumstances. "I broke my back in 2007 and I am now fully recovered due to hard work and determination," she said.

Press Association

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