A budding beauty queen will be flying the flag for Sunderland at a regional pageant.
Vicilei Brand, from Hylton Castle, will be one of the Miss Sunderland GB finalists taking part in Miss North East next month.
I’d be so overwhelmed to win Miss Sunderland.Vicilei Brand
Though it’s her first time in a beauty contest, the 24-year-old says she hopes her modelling experience will stand her in good stead.
“I’m one of eight girls who’ll be representing Sunderland at the contest,” she said.
“I got through to this stage after auditioning at the Malmaison in Newcastle. I do freelance modelling, so it seemed like a natural thing to do.”
If she wins the title of Miss Sunderland – one of four regional titles being fought over at Miss North East – Vicilei will go on to compete at Miss Great Britain.
“I’d be so overwhelmed to win Miss Sunderland,” she said. As part of the contest, Vicilei has been raising funds for charity, Make Some Noise, which helps disadvantaged children.
She received help from her employer, Annual Savings Group in Seaham, where she works as a business solutions manager.
“Work have been really helpful, and every Friday we’ve been doing different things like a pool tournament or all wearing red,” she said.
“We’ve called it Feelgood Fridays.
“I’ll also be doing the Morrisons Great Run 10k in Gateshead to raise funds.”
Sponsor Vicilei at missnortheast15.everydayhero.com/uk/vicilei-brand.