A Kettering former Disney princess is aiming to win a place in the Miss England finals this weekend as she bids to be crowned Miss Northamptonshire.
Jade Willis spent a number of years at Disney resorts in Paris and Tokyo greeting tourists as a real life Disney princess.
She returned home last year and decided to enter the Miss England pageant after speaking to a family friend – on the way winning the Miss Derbyshire 2016 crown as at the time there was no Miss Northamptonshire title.
This Sunday, she will be appearing alongside other contestants at the Miss England semi-finals at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire hoping to be named Miss Northamptonshire and with it, a place in the Miss England finals in July.
Jade said: “I love everything that the Miss England brand represents.
“I believe it is so important that we encourage and inspire young girls to feel confident and empowered in their own skin. Not only has Miss England given me the opportunity to raise money for an incredible charity, Beauty with a Purpose, but it has given me a platform to use my voice and encourage others to speak up for what they believe in also. “
Jade has been raising money for charity in the last several months.
She took part in a squash doubles ‘marathon’ with friends from Diana’s Health and Fitness in Wellingborough which raised £500 and also held a musical evening where Jade and friends performed songs from musicals, which raised a further £700.
Jade added: “In a world that is full of so much hate, we need more people who are looking for the beauty, love, kindness and gentleness in the world. People with a heart to make a difference and do good towards others.
“I believe that inner beauty shines brightly and being ‘pretty’ means nothing if you don’t have a soft heart and bright personality behind it.
“I want to continue voicing and putting emphasis on the power of a beautiful mind and heart as I continue my journey with the Miss England pageant.
“Words cannot express how grateful I am for all the love and support from my friends and family as I prepare for the semi-finals – and this has carried on from the support last year.”
To vote for Jade before this Sunday, text MISS SEMIFINAL28 to 63333. Each text costs 50p plus the normal network rate.