A BEAUTY has battled back from a debilitating illness to represent the country in an international pageant.
Megan Crombie, 20, who has the chronic fatigue condition myalgic encephalopathy (ME), will represent England and Team North East in The Face of the Globe competition in Disneyland Paris in October.
It will be a fitting backdrop for Megan, who despite her illness, holds down four part-time jobs – including one as a children’s entertainer that sees her dress as Disney princesses.
The University of Sunderland graduate hopes to use exposure from the contest to raise awareness about ME, which previously saw her bed-bound and in a wheelchair.
Megan, from Blackhall Rocks, is also raising money for the pageant’s chosen charity, the Rainbow Child Foundation, which helps underprivileged children.
She is holding a Disney and rainbow-themed family day at Tweddle Animal Farm, where she also works, on Saturday, August 23, when she will become Elsa from the hit movie Frozen.
Megan said: “I originally entered about two years ago for a confidence booster. At the time, I had quite severe anxiety with my ME and wanted to do something completely out of the ordinary.”
Megan was diagnosed with ME around her 15th birthday. Despite being bed-bound for days at a time, she got 10 top GCSEs and recently graduated with a foundation degree in sports coaching.