The organiser of the Miss England contest is calling for Leicestershire women from all walks of life, aged 16-27 to enter the local contest & is reviving the contest after a 4 year break !
“Tia Carter” was just 19 years old when she was crowned the very first virtual beauty queen and appeared in national media following her win 2020. Her own sister “Sapphire” who had previously won the title was able to crown her sister in her own back garden after the country went into lockdown.
“Almost four years ago we had planned a Miss Leicestershire event at the Y Theatre in March 2020 but it couldn’t go ahead as a live event . The contestants had all been fundraising & preparing for the event so we decided to continue the last contest virtually on the new Miss England App” said Angie Beasley Director of Miss England who organized her first Miss Leicestershire contest in 1990. “We haven’t got back on track locally since so I want to bring the Leicester contest back”.
The Miss Leicestershire 2024 contest will be held at Kibworth School Hall on the 3rd February 2024 & will be supporting the Sue Young Cancer charity.
Tia has been invited to one of the judges alongside her sister Sapphire.
Now aged 22, Tia is the longest ever Miss Leicestershire title holder ever in the history of the pageant. She won the National Miss England Talent award at the national final with her entertaining Caribbean dance act at the 2021 Miss England national final.
Stu Williamsons Photography studio in Kibworth, has photographed the first three contenders for the next local contest who have been announced on the Miss England website .
The first three contestants to qualify for the final are pictured on the Miss England website here ;
Tanya Sharma – (22) a Loughborough student studying Business Analytics, who is also studying to be a Beekeeper!
Khushi Baraiya – (20) a student from Leicester studying public administration at DMU who is already a Miss England semi finalist having qualified earlier this year by competing in a Virtual heat on the Miss England App . Recently Khushi has been working alongside British Transport Police at Leicester station promoting women’s safety on the rail network.
Grace Richardson (18) a student studying Musical theatre who has been performing since she was just aged 3 who was complimented by the famous Hugh Jackman for being a good singer!
Organisers are looking for more contestants to audition and would like to thank all of those who have come forward so far.
To enter, apply on the Miss England website www.missengland.info
For further details about the contestants please visit https://www.missengland.info/qualifiers/leicestershire/
MORE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MISS LEICESTERSHIRE & MISS ENGLAND
- It has been over 23 years since Leicestershire won the Miss England crown, the only contest in the country to send its winner to Miss World.“Sally Kettle” originally from Rothley is now a International DJ and Model & became the first & only Miss Leicestershire to represent England on the Miss World stage in South Africa.
- The Beauty with a Purpose charity donated £6,000 to the Y Sponsor a House Campaign in Leicester during the pandemic which sponsored a house for local youngsters to live in for a year.Over the years the contest has raised thousands of pounds for good causes locally , nationally & internationally.
- The Miss England Director Angie Beasley is based in Leicester & appeared on ITVs Good Morning Britain and the Lorraine show in the summer after banning the swimwear round in the contest saying she wanted to focus on contestants inspirations and achievements.
- The current Miss England is Jessica Gagen (28) graduated with a masters in Aerospace Engineering in the summer of 2023. Jessica will be representing England at the 71st Miss World in Mumbai India in the Spring of 2024 where she stands to win the coverted Beauty with a Purpose crown with her inspiring project promoting women in to STEM careers. Jessica has been visiting schools and colleges across the country giving talks to youngsters & has just returned from a tour with NASA & the ISS (International Space Station in the USA)