Beauty Chantelle in the running for Miss England title
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