Win­ner Jen set to face the na­tion

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

AYOUNG lo­cal woman has been crowned as the new Miss South­port – and is a Miss Eng­land fi­nal­ist.

Jen­nifer Amy Leigh, who won the Bri­tish Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion Highly Com­mended Adult Award 2017, was an­nounced as Miss South­port 2018 at a cer­e­mony in Liver­pool on May 18.

As a re­sult of the win the South­port girl, who has re­cently grad­u­ated with an MA in pol­i­tics from Manch­ester Uni­ver­sity, has au­to­mat­i­cally been en­tered into the Miss Eng­land final.

In the third heat of the Miss Eng­land com­pe­ti­tion, the 24-year-old won the judges’ vote and was named “top fundraiser” and “most pho­to­genic” af­ter com­pet­ing against con­tes­tants from all over Eng­land.

This meant that Jen­nifer was en­tered into the semi­fi­nal of the con­test, but as she won Miss South­port, she has been en­tered straight into the final of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The ul­ti­mate win­ner of Miss Eng­land 2018 will spend the year rais­ing aware­ness for var­i­ous char­i­ties and will re­ceive a host of prizes worth £25,000 – in­clud­ing a lux­ury hol­i­day to Sri Lanka and a place in the Miss World com­pe­ti­tion.

Miss Eng­land is the only com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try to send its win­ner in to Miss World.

Speak­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion, Jen­nifer said: “En­ter­ing Miss Eng­land has been such an in­cred­i­ble con­fi­dence boost.

“It has al­lowed me to em­brace who I am, be proud of it and ex­press my per­son­al­ity through de­sign, fash­ion and makeup like in no other way.

“My par­tic­i­pa­tion has in­spired me to get back into fundrais­ing, this time for the char­ity Beauty With A Pur­pose, thus reignit­ing a pas­sion of mine and al­low­ing me to help make pos­i­tive change.

“I have had such an amaz­ing jour­ney so far and still have so much more to look for­ward to.

“I hope to win both con­tests and be­come an am­bas­sador for both my home­town and coun­try.”

The Miss Eng­land final is set to be held in two parts, one in July and one in Septem­ber.

Miss South­port, Jen­nifer Amy Leigh, is go­ing on to Miss Eng­land

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