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Sapphire Carter with the two runners up Chloe Shelton & Miah Patel 

Photo by Kev Wise Photography

The New Miss Leicestershire is Sapphire Carter (more photos coming soon ) 

Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss Leicestershire ,  full time dance student Sapphire Carter !  This is the 2nd year Sapphire has entered – last year she won the Sportswoman award in the competition .

The 19 year old wowed the judges & the audience with her beautiful Eco outfit she created herself from recycled materials inspired by the dress worn by Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman and managed to raise over £190 for the Leicester based charity Hope Against Cancer .  Sapphire was sponsored by Vetas Jewellery in the event .


Sapphire in her Pretty woman inspired winning Lady in Red  Eco dress

Loughborough hairdresser picks up Top Hair Award !  


Petra Bentley winner of the Best Hair award said ""The hairstyle I created for Katie had a vintage theme. I worked with a low chignon and the then finger waved the front sections allowing the hair to fold through. The final look created was elegant, glamorous and worked perfectly with her chosen outfits. For more info about Petra- click the logo

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Other Miss Leicestershire Award winners 


L-R Katie Strong - Miss Populairty sponsored by Parcelrite - Social Media queen - Aliyyah Khan sponsored by Vishal Jewellers  - SportsWoman Cerise Bedder sponsored by Modha Ayles -

Sapphire also won Miss Publicity and Best Lady in Red Eco dress 

2nd place went to 19 year old Chloe Shelton a Rainbow & Brownie Leader from Wigston who raised over £800 for charity and 3nd went to Miah Patel , sponsored by Evans Fireplaces a bar supervisor from Leicester .

The competition managed to raise almost £4,000 for Hope Against Cancer between the contestants fundraising and a raffle on the night .

Chloe Shelton & Billie Lowe also from Wigston shared the Charity Queen award after they both raised over £800 for the charity & have both won a place in the Miss England semi final at Kelham Hall . Both ladies where sponsored by The Winchester Snooker & Pool Bar in Wigston .

Sapphire won a host of prizes including ;

Direct entry to the final of Miss England – the nations only entry to Miss World with a 3 night stay at Resorts World Birmingham for the national final

A Professional photo shoot on location for the Arinder Bhullar Label with portfolio pictures 

A beauty package worth £200 from Femi Health & Beauty 

A photoshoot & portfolio from Kev Wise Photography 

An evening gown from Divine Boutique Leicester 

Eyelash treatments worth £400 from Angel Eyes 

Judges included Model Kirsty Heslewood winner of Miss United Kingdom & Miss England 2013 who came 5th in Miss World who was awarded freeman of the city in London for her dedication to charity work .  Also judging was Marie Di Rito from Angel Eyes , Award winning designer Arinder Bhullar editor of Viya Wedding Magazine Sam Saeed ,Miss England area heat organizer Kerry Heslewood & Thomas Ainsworth from the Leicester Mercury .

Other awards on the night included The Best Hair Award won by Loughborough Hairdresser Petra Bentley Hair , the Public vote won by Katie Strong sponsored by Parcelrite , Miss Social Media won by Aliyyah Khan & the Sportsround hosted by Mr England earlier in the week won by Cerise Bedder.


Miss Leicestershire 2017 'Lady in Red' Eco Round

 leicestershire 2017 eco wear



A Model Mum award was also presented to Candy Elliot from Aylestone , nominated by last years Miss Leicestershire winner Megan Elliott . Candy who is currently undergoing treatment at Leicesters Royal Infirmary after suffering with Womb Cancer . Candy has been invited to attend the Miss England Inspiration Award at the national finals in Birmingham in July after impressing the judges with her story of determination to beat the illness.

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The three model mums shortlisted where - L-R Candy Elliott , Centre Jade Gunn right Helen Shelton 



All the Miss Leicestershire finalists won tickets to the new FlipOut Trampoline Park & Sapphire’s first official appearance as the winner is to open for the open the park in Leicester at the official photo call on 31st March 2017 .

The show was hosted by former Mr Leicestershire & First Dates star Linford Martin & Megan Elliott Miss Leicestershire 2016 .

For more information or to book Sapphire for appearances please contact the Miss England office on 01162 440479

Or email


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Aliyyah Khan 6 lr.jpg
Location: Leicester
Age: 18, Height: 5ft 6
Occupation: Dental Nurse
Interesting Fact: I play football for Syston
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Location: Wigston
Age: 17, Height: 5ft 7
Occupation: Waitress
Interesting Fact: I sing and play guitar
Cerise Bedder 4 lr.jpg
Location: Leicester
Age: 18, Height: 5ft 3
Occupation: Student
Interesting Fact: In 2016 I was part of Team England in the Dance World Cup and now a world champion
Charlotte Hill 2 lr.jpg
Location: Ashby de la Zouch
Age: 17, Height: 5ft 8
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Vishal Jewellers
Location: Wigston
Age: 19, Height: 5ft 8
Occupation: Student
Interesting Fact: Rainbow and Brownie Leader
Elizabeth Benge 6 lr.jpg
Location: Beaumont Leys
Age: 21, Height: 5ft 4
Interesting Fact: I have fundraised since I was 11 for Macmillan in honour of my dad and now fundraise for Jasmine House
Sponsor: Modha Ales
Location: Leicester
Age: 19, Height: 5ft 3
Occupation: Student
Interesting Fact: I was born in Mombasa, Kenya
Jasmine Alldritt 6 lr.jpg
Location: Narborough
Age: 17, Height: 5ft 10
Occupation: college student studying Art/Design
Katie Strong 3 lr.jpg
Location: Hamilton
Age: 23, Height: 5ft 4
Occupation: Office Administrator
Interesting Fact: I do power lifting for fun
Sponsor: Parcelrite
Location: Leicester
Age: 22, Height: 5ft 5
Occupation: Bar Supervisor
Interesting Fact: I am a vocalist in bands
Miah Patel 3 lr.jpg
Location: Leicester
Age: 19, Height: 5ft 7
Occupation: Bar Supervisor
Interesting Fact: I have lived in Greece the past 6 years, Just recently taken over the family business
Sponsor: Evans Fireplace Centre
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Location: Hamilton
Age: 18, Height: 5ft 8
Occupation: University student
Interesting Fact: I have raised £2,000 for MacMillan
Sponsor: Vetas Jewellery
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Location: Thurmaston
Age: 20, Height: 6ft 1
Occupation: Business Owner
Interesting Fact: I own my own buisness
Sponsor: Grosvenor Casinos
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Age: 19, Height: 5ft 8
Occupation: Student
Interesting Fact: I am currently studying to be a teacher and I work at a nursery in my spare time
Sponsor: Designer Bathrooms
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Location: Leicester
Age: 26, Height: 5ft 4
Occupation: Works in ICT
Interesting Fact: I have a degree in ICT
Sponsor: Evans Fireplace
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Location: Leicester
Age: 19, Height: 5ft 11
Occupation: Full time Dance student
Interesting Fact: I have a rare blood subtype and give blood every 4 months
Sponsor: Vetas Jewellery
Shivani Daudia 5 lr.jpg
Location: Leicester
Age: 20, Height: 5ft 7
Occupation: Administrative Assistant at law firm
Sponsor: Grovenor Casino
Location: Syston
Age: 23, Height: 5ft
Occupation: Logistics manager
Interesting Fact: I enjoy horseriding
Sponsor: AEL Diamonds

Thanks to the following advertisers for sponsorsing contestants & prizes 

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Parcelrite Logo     modha ales


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AEL Diamonds - Logo Email 



Thankyou to Moments for decorating the Kings Hall with Balloons for the occassion 

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Thankyou to Moments for decorating the Kings Hall & tables with Balloons for this special occassion  

Prize sponsors include ; (click the logos) 

All the finalists won tickets to Leicesters New Trampoline Park Flipout 




The winner received prizes from the following sponsors ; 



Angel Eyes Logo 


The contest is once again supporting Hope Against Cancer 


Grant Cotton Mr Leicestershire  will  represent the county at Mr England 2017 


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