Beauty queen Alice Kurylo has shrugged off her disappointment after she came away from the Miss England finals without making the final cut with typical North Nottinghamshire stoicism.
The town’s current Miss Mansfield proved she was tough as old boots as she put the weekend down to experience and looked ahead to a bright future.
Alice (20) was one of 60 finalists vying for the ultimate prize during the gruelling contest in the seaside setting of Torquay, Devon, this weekend.
She faced four days of photoshoots, interviews and ten different contests including popularity, ecology awareness, fitness and beach body but failed to make the final cut of 15.
But the humble dance teacher said she was just glad to have made it this far.
“I am so grateful to have even been involved in it. To be in the top 60 was an achievement in the first place,” said Alice. “I have loved it and had a really good time but it was tougher than I thought it would be.”
For Alice and the other contenders all-day long rehearsals started at 7am, followed by fashion shows in the evening and if they were not being scrutinised on the cat-walk then they were during formal diners.
She added: “It was quite draining - we had to concentrate so hard because there were dance routines. But there were 60 girls and we were all having a good time together.
“It was good practicing presentation, posture and dress and I think a lot of people gained confidence even though they were being judged.
“You have to overcome that fear of coming out on the stage and strutting your stuff.”
Now this week, after representing Mansfield in the southwest of England, the stylish stunner is taking her talents to America’s mid-west.
Alice will be in our sister town of Mansfield, Ohio, until this weekend.
Said Alice: “It will be nice to go over there and talk about our town but it will also be good to find out about them and what they are like.”
Alice graduated from Expressions Dance School with a diploma in musical theatre and has been dancing for more than ten years.
The 20-year-old, of Eakring Road, teaches at the Newgate Lane Academy and works at Disco Inferno - a music and dance project set up for people with special needs at the Towers, on Botany Avenue.
The home-grown queen is now looking forward to a day off and a rest from high heels after spending a week in them.
The 20-year-old was crowned this year’s Miss Mansfield’s winner during a glittering ceremony at a packed John Fretwell Centre last October
Speaking after coming out on top ahead of ten other hopefuls, the new face of Mansfield revealed how shocked she was to walk away with the coveted title.
“I never thought for one minute that I would win the title,” she said. “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.”