A former Kettering woman is appearing in the Miss England semi-finals this weekend, hoping to book a place in the grand finals later this year.
Emily Bunce, a biomedical scientist, now lives in Coventry but grew up in and went to school in Kettering.
She has reached the semi-finals, which take place at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire on Saturday, of the competition by virtue of winning the Miss Nuneaton title.
Emily also reached the semi-finals last year.
She said: “I originally entered to build some confidence and show to myself that being a scientist wasn’t just a stereotype.
“When I was 16 the first plus size model took part in Miss England and placed second over all, she to me was an inspiration that no-one should ever limit themselves and should always push to do more and be different.”
Emily has been raising money for Miss World Charity Beauty in the run-up to the semi-finals by organising quizzes, cake sales and even more.
She added: “This money raised stays in the UK and helps disadvantaged children.”
One of the categories this Saturday will see Emily create an outfit out of old items of clothing as part of an Eco-Wear round.
To vote for Emily in this Saturday’s semi-final, text ‘MISS SEMIFINAL29’ to 63333. Each text costs 50p.
To sponsor Emily’s fundraising, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyBunce1991