Stun­ner So­phie wins na­tional ti­tle

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT alex.hib­bert@men­ @alexghib­bert

AN out of this world beauty from Wilm­slow beat 70 hope­fuls to be­come Miss Galaxy Eng­land.

So­phie Tozer, a 28-yearold celebrity make-up artist from Wilm­slow, will now travel to Or­lando, Florida this sum­mer as part of Team Galaxy UK to com­pete in the Galaxy In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

But So­phie says it isn’t just a chance to drop in on Mickey Mouse at Dis­ney World, but an op­por­tu­nity to in­spire oth­ers.

Af­ter her win she said she is now ready to chal­lenge peo­ple’s pre­con­cep­tions of pageant girls.

She said: “Like most peo­ple I felt there was a stereo­type as­so­ci­ated with pageants – and I don’t fit into that stereo­type.

“I’m 28. I want to in­spire women by mak­ing them re­alise you don’t have to be 19 or 20 to win a na­tional ti­tle.”

The self-pro­claimed ‘strong York­shire woman living in Cheshire’, who took the na­tional ti­tle as Miss Wilm­slow Galaxy, has spent the last decade build­ing her own busi­ness.

Her work as a make-up artist has fea­tured in OK! and Closer mag­a­zines, as well as on ITV’s re­cent show The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

And she’s mak­ing a name for her­self on the other side of the cam­era too, tak­ing to the cat­walk at Manch­ester Fash­ion Week and ap­pear­ing in a TV ad for Im­pe­rial Leather.

So­phie added: “Com­ing from a model in­dus­try back­ground you see in­se­cu­ri­ties ev­ery­where, but I’ve learned to be com­fort­able in my own skin.

“For me it’s about be­ing a pos­i­tive role model and cre­at­ing aware­ness to cer­tain causes.

“It’s about work­ing with char­i­ties im­por­tant to me.

“I’ve lost all my grand­par­ents to heart dis­ease and want to raise aware­ness for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

“I would love to do re­al­ity TV to prove that not all pageant girls fit the stereo­type.

“My dream job would be as a full-time pre­sen­ter or an actress in a drama.”

pic by Paul Car­roll

right, So­phie Tozer has been crowned Miss Galaxy Eng­land; left, So­phie with staff at Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion shop in Wilm­slow

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