NEWLY-CROWNED Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest Alice Kurylo says she thought she had ‘no chance’ of winning this year’s title.
The 20-year-old dance teacher was crowned this year’s winner during a glittering ceremony at a packed John Fretwell Centre on Saturday evening.
And speaking after coming out on top ahead of 10 other hopefuls, the new face of Mansfield revealed how shocked she was to walk away with the coveted title.
Said Alice, who teaches at Expressions in Mansfield: “I never thought for one minute that I would win the title. I never thought I would get into the top six, never mind the top three.
“When they announced who had come third and second I thought there was no chance of it, then when they read my name out I just couldn’t believe it.”
The former Sherwood Hall School pupil, who succeeds Alicia Caley in the hotseat, took home a host of top prizes - including a year’s membership at Oasis Gym, a professional photo portfolio from Spike Photography and a crystal trophy.
She will also compete in the Miss England competition next summer.
First runner-up was Lisa Marie Robson (17), an A-Level textile student from Ollerton, with 18-year-old musical theatre student Amy Beilby, of Mansfield, second runner-up.
Other finalists were Ashley Price, Natasha Brailsford, Stephanie Davis, Danni Wood, Michaela Hall, Sarah Butler, Juliette Brashier and Lauren Allen.
“Every single one of them was fantastic, they were really pleased for me,” added Alice. “I would have been pleased for any one of them to get it. It’s been so nice.
“(Organiser) Trish (Mapletoft) asked me to do it and she really had to pressure me to do it, but I’ve had so much fun. Every rehearsal has just been brilliant and all the competitions which Trish has organised have been great. All of it has been brilliant.”
Alice will also spend the next 12 months raising money for The Trust Donation Committee, which is involved with organ donation and is based at Nottingham City Hospital.
This year’s event also included nine other awards sections, including Miss Fitness, Miss Photographic, Miss Radiant Beauty, Miss Congeniality, Miss Professional Look, Stunning Hair Award, Beauty with a Purpose, Style Queen 2012 and Eco Outfit - an award judged by reigning Miss England, Charlotte Holmes, and saw the contestants design and wear an outfit made from re-cycled materials.
Other judges were Nicola De Lucis, of DK Associates; Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton; Chad newsdesk editor Ashley Booker; Rachel French, owner of Ten Green Bottles; 6 Five 2’s Taxis’ co-owner Dawn Clipston; Hannah Shooter, of Pinder’s Opticians; Lisa Twigger, of Permanent Make-Up by Lisa Twigger, and Mark Gillborn, of Hucknall Van Hire.
Organiser Trish Mapletoft hailed the showcase event - now in its 38th year - as a success, with more than 250 people attending it.
“The food was amazing and a huge thank you must go to Peter Harvey and his staff at the Fretwell Centre for that,” she said. “The judges did a great job and the girls looked stunning.
“We’re really pleased with how it went.
“I’ve had nothing but positive comments and nothing negative at all. I’ve had lots of positive comments on Facebook, everything went swimmingly. All the sponsors were 100 per cent behind it and are back on board for next year.”