Jessica Gagen (27) an aerospace engineering student from Skelmersdale, Lancashire was crowned Miss England22 at a glittering ceremony at the Holiday Inn NEC Birmingham Airport on Monday 17th October by outgoing queen Rehema Muthamia .
30 women from across England took part in the 2 day event which held a series of rounds leading up to the contest . Jessica won the Dentakay Brightest Smile award in the first part of the contest, which fast tracked her to the top 12 . International dentist Dr Gulay attended the event & was head judge for the Brightest smile round .
In the lead up to the final the contestants posted images of themselves on social media showing their best smile to enter this round in the contest . The finalists also took part in a series of charity challenges which they themselves organised and a sports and no make up round .
An all women panel then selected the winner including Entrepreneur Datsa Gaile from Solaair Sequin Walls created a stunning England flag themed backdrop , Ewelina Tomiszczak manager of the Holiday Inn and Laura Coleman Miss England 2008 who recently became a mum in front of the packed audience who all cheered when Jessica crowned the winner !
Jessica wept with joy when she was announced , saying she “would use the Miss England platform to stand up for kids who were bullied at school because of the colour of their hair!
28 women from across England took part in the 2 day grand final which held a series of rounds leading up to the contest .Jessica had spent months doing charity runs in fancy dress raising over £6,500 in for charity, reached the top 10 sports , MPS Beach Beauty, reached the shortlist of the Beautiful Brows & Lashes social media influencer & Artero hair round & in the first part of the show Jess then WON the Dentakay Dental Clinic Brightest smile award which fast tracked her to the top 12 . When she reached the top 5 she delivered a powerful answer about wanting to be role model for red heads and inspire kids who are victims of bullying & encourage more women in to STEM.
The Cetuem Bare Face winner Melisa Raouf ( pictured below centre) reached the final 5 and gave a powerful speech about empowering women to embrace their natural beauty in her bid to win along with social worker from Surrey Neha Dhull as social worker from Surrey, who also won the People’s choice and Beautiful hair award .
The contestants raised over £32,000 using the Beauty with a Purpose charity platform.
Jessica will now represent England at the 71st Miss World , due to be held in the Spring of 2023
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