Mansfield teacher to compete in first ever Miss England virtual semi-final
A Mansfield teacher is set compete against almost 40 other contestants in the first ever Miss England virtual semi-final this month.
Performing arts teacher Amy Beilby, 26, from near Berry Hill, will perform in the next stage of the national beauty pageant via zoom call on July 31.
The original Miss England semi final was set to be held at Kelham Hall and Country Park in Newark on June 8 before it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown restrictions.
Judges will meet a central location while maintaining social distancing at the end of this month as the 40 beauty queens battle it out online, to make it to the final.
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The 26-year-old who has been competing in pageants for the last five years, explained how she feels about taking part in the first virtual stage of the competition.
Amy said: "I think it will definitely be different.
"I'm used to performing on stage so I have taken part in pageants before and that's the part I really enjoy about it, being on stage and performing, wearing beautiful dresses and getting the chance to promote causes I'm passionate about.
"It's quite nerve wracking doing it online because it's a completely different format but you've got to roll with the punches and I'm just going to give it everything I've got.”
During lockdown, the performing arts teacher has written to care home residents across the UK as part of a pen pal scheme and uploaded bedtime story readings online to encourage young children to start reading.
Amy shared what it would mean to her to represent Mansfield in the final: "It would be an honour.
"I've made so many amazing contacts and friends through pageantry over the years so it would mean a lot to say I did it, I've represented Mansfield and made you all proud.”
The semi final livestream will include exclusive interviews with the judges, entertainment and the selection of the national finalists doing their catwalk, introduction and talent videos and much more.
People can buy an online ticket to watch the semi-final as it happens live on the Miss England website, which also gives them the chance to vote for their favourite contestant.