MISS Sunderland may be heading back to Wearside minus the Miss England crown, but she’s looking forward to the rest of her reign as the city’s top beauty queen.
Philippa Attle, 17, from Chester-le-Street, was one of 61 regional Miss title holders to compete in the Miss England final held in Birmingham last week.
Two former Miss Sunderlands, Alexandra Devine and Tamzin Cummings, made it into the final 15 but the overall title went to Miss Everymodel, Alize Lily Mounter.
Meanwhile, South Shields model Nathaniel Smith represented the region as Mr North East in the Mr England contest, a title won by Mr Modelzed, Roland Johnson.
Philippa won her title in May at a hotly-fought contest at Rainton Meadows Arena and will spend the next year as Miss Sunderland.
As well as charity events, her modelling commitments include being the face of The Bridges shopping centre, showing off jewels from Collinson Jewellers and hairstyles at Reds and being the face of Olivers Dental in Herrington.
The Park View Community School student said: “It was so good, I felt really emotional on the night to think that I was in the Miss England final, I didn’t want it to end.
“It was great meeting all the girls backstage, I met so many nice, friendly people, which I didn’t expect. Another highlight was being on stage. When I was on stage for Miss Sunderland I was so nervous, but I could take it all in this time. There was lots of media at the end of the catwalk taking photographs and I felt famous.”
She added: “I’m really looking forward to the next year. I’m getting so many experiences and opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t won Miss Sunderland.”
Miss Sunderland organiser Simon Robertson, from One Voice Productions, said: “Philippa was the youngest in the contest, but she looked like she belonged up there. She looked like a natural.
“She only won Miss Sunderland two months ago and had never done anything like this before, but she did so well. Sunderland should be proud of her.”