Roisin Richardson, from Worcester will take her place competing with 53 other women in the final of Miss England.

Miss Richardson, aged 23, from Worcester, completed her A levels at RGS before moving to London to study for a three year drama degree at the Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2017.

She has been modelling since the age of five and is currently employed as an actress.

She said: “I first heard of Miss England and Miss World when I was a child.

“I sent a picture in for my initial application into the Miss England competition not thinking I would get a reply so I was shocked at progressing to the final.

“It is not just about looks but about the whole person and I hope to use this as a platform for charity work and to inspire young girls, particularly as there is so much pressure on social media to achieve perfection to believe in themselves."

Miss Richardson wants to possibly move into presenting work on television, using her training as an actress to underpin this.

She added: “I’m certainly not perfect - no one is - and growing up I struggled with my own self confidence.

“People need to learn to accept themselves for how they are.”

There will be a public vote round, in which I am asking people to text MISS ENGLAND44 to 63333 - the texts cost 50p.

The Final of Miss England 2019 is being held in Newcastle Upon Tyne at the Newbridge Hotel from Wednesday July 31 to Thursday August 1.

The contest also has an Ethical Fashion round,with the theme this year to promote recycling.

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Other exciting rounds include like a talent round and a general knowledge quiz.

The winner will represent England at Miss World and win prizes worth around £30,000 which will include a luxury holiday to Mauritius, a wardrobe of beautiful evening gowns from Ellie Wilde at Mon Cheri and a place in Miss World which takes place at Excel London on Saturday December 14.

The Miss England beauty pageant was founded in 1928 and the final often attracts celebrity judges.

The winner of the Miss England competition, along with the winners of Miss Northern Ireland, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales, can compete in Miss World.

Several Miss England contestants have nearly took the international crown.