A Liverpool student was crowned the first ever winner of Miss Royal Beauty 2016 at a glamorous beauty pageant held at St Helens Theatre Royal on Saturday, 14th May.
The event was hosted by presenter Leanne Campbell from Radio City’s Breakfast Show and the winner chosen by a panel of top celebrity judges including former Miss England 2004 Danielle Lloyd,reigning Miss England, Natasha Hemmings, managing director of Impact Models, Christine Cartwright, winner of Miss Liverpool 1958, Roberta Mateau, boxer Stephen Smith and legendary Liverpool hair stylist Herbert.
The panel had a difficult task choosing the winner from the 15 beautiful young women who entered the competition. After much deliberating, they decided on 18-year-old Lucy Mills, from Allerton, who will now compete at the Miss England Grand Final in Southport from 19th-21st July. If Lucy is successful in Southport, she will go on to represent England in the Miss World competition!
The Miss England contest is not just a beauty contest. You have to have more than just a pretty face to win the coveted crown! It has been the organisers’ objective in the last 15 years to move away from the traditional concept of a bathing beauty, judging women just on looks alone.
Along with taking part in the traditional catwalk style contest, Miss Royal Beauty contestants were invited to arrange sponsorship to support their campaign, take part in a sportswear round, an eveningwear round and an eco-wear round, which highlights sustainable and eco-friendly fashions.
The panel of judges decided that Lucy ticked all the right boxes as, she is not only stunningly beautiful but she works hard, is sporty, ambitious, caring and has a very positive outlook.
Lucy had a bright future ahead in swimming, competing in swimming events all over the UK but was sadly forced to quit when her dad was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).
Lucy explained: “Due to the severity and quick onset of his illness, my mum was unable to get me to and from swimming and I thought it was only right that I retired from the team so that I could help her.
“I am now a part time carer for my dad when I am not studying in school as my mum has got to go to work. But I wouldn’t change it for anything. My mum and dad have been able to give me a great start in life and I am more than happy to help whenever I can.”
“My life has changed a lot since my dad was diagnosed with MSA however I always make the most of everything and have a positive attitude in Life as you just don’t know the minute it could all change.”
As well as helping to look after her father, Lucy also helps to care for her brother who has a disability. And when Lucy leaves school later this month, she has her heart set on a career in fashion.
She revealed: “I would love to work in fashion. I currently work part time in Next at the weekends which is good experience as I am able to see what people like and dislike in the fashion industry there are so many different choices in the fashion world and I enjoy meeting customers and helping others when I can.
“I love to see how fashion changes over the seasons and I like helping people and giving them my advice when asked about choosing outfits.
“I hope to be able to repay my parents when I am older as they have both given me so much and have showed me true values. I hope to be successful and always make them proud.”
Lucy is absolutely thrilled to have won Miss Royal Beauty, she said: “I am so proud and privileged to have won Miss Royal Beauty. It’s such a prestigious award.
“Since my dad has been ill I haven’t done much for myself but my auntie suggested I enter because I love fashion and am interested in a career in modelling.
“I was so nervous as I’ve never done anything like this before and a lot of girls entered but they were all lovely and so supportive – they were made up for me when I won!”
Runners up were Laura Stokoe, a printing engineer from Wirral and Roxzanna Mai Flynn, a personal trainer from Liverpool. Meanwhile, student Amy Traverse won the title of Social Media Queen andAlisha Soni, an assistant manager from Warrington was awarded Charity Fundraiser Winner.
Chantelle Nolan, manager of St Helens Theatre Royal, which hosted the contest, said: “We were very proud to host Miss Royal Beauty, the regional heat of Miss England as it was the first beauty pageant we have had in St Helens for many years and we feel confident it will go from strength to strength.
“It was an amazing event. The girls were all fabulous but Lucy was a very worthy winner who shines inside and out. We wish her all the best for the Miss England final in Southport!”
For more information on Miss England visit www.missengland.info