Beauty Chantelle in the run­ning for Miss Eng­land ti­tle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A FOR­MER Ash­ford stu­dent is in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Miss Eng­land com­pe­ti­tion – and she is hop­ing lo­cal peo­ple will help get her through to the next round.

Chantelle Ghy­se­len, 17, is one of 21 girls com­pet­ing for a place in next June’s semi-fi­nals.

Born in Chatham, Chantelle lived in Ash­ford for a while and went to Ash­ford School be­fore trans­fer­ring to Brock­hill Park Per­form­ing Arts Col­lege at Hythe, where she took her GCSEs.

Chantelle started danc­ing when she was two and has at­tended the Ten­ter­den Bal­let Stu­dio.

She and her fam­ily moved to Dover in 2004 and she is now study­ing for a BTEC Na­tional Diploma in per­form­ing arts at Can­ter­bury Col­lege, mainly in dance, and still at­tends Ten­ter­den Bal­let Stu­dio once a week.

It was her mother who en­tered Chantelle for the Miss Eng­land com­pe­ti­tion, and it is the first time she has ever done any sort of mod­el­ling.

She was cho­sen to go to the Fresh Academy in Wat­ford for a pho­to­shoot.

Chantelle’s dad Tim said: “We were told that it would be a very quick ses­sion.

“But they were so im­pressed with her that she was there for more than two hours and they took 60 pho­tos of her.

“They also gave us de­tails of 20 agen­cies they thought would be in­ter­ested in her.

“It was the first time Chantelle had taken part in a pro­fes­sional pho­to­shoot and you could see her grow­ing in con­fi­dence as it went on.

“As far as we know, she is the only con­tes­tant from Kent, Sur­rey or Sus­sex tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion, so we hope the whole re­gion will sup­port her.”

At 5ft 2in, Chantelle, who has medium brown hair, is too short for cat­walk mod­el­ling, but is said to be ideal for swimwear and mag­a­zines.

She said she was ex­cited about tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion, as well as be­ing a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive.

Chantelle Ghy­se­len, who is aim­ing to be Miss Eng­land

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