PAGEANT judges fell in love with Miss Amore LeChe Simmons.
The pretty teen scooped the heat title at a catwalk at Amore restaurant, in Sunniside, and will now go on to strut her stuff at the Miss Sunderland final later this year.
The 19-year-old, from Ashbrooke, who impressed with her Bermudian good looks, has been modelling since she was three, appearing in magazines, newspapers, television commercials and has done numerous fashion shows for charity.
Now she hopes to win Miss Sunderland and represent the city at the Miss England finals next year.
LeChe, who studies accounting and finance at Sunderland University, said: “I’ve never entered a competition like this before but I thought it would be a great experience, a chance to meet people and a way of doing something for the community.
“To make it all the way to Miss England would be such a great opportunity.”
The other finalists who made it through the heat were Melissa Luciana, 20, from Middlesbrough; Nicole Lamb, 17, from Sunderland; Fiona Linsley, 21, from Consett and Grace Ranson, 18, from Houghton.
Judges for the heat were Susan and Harry Hall from Reds hairdressers, Mark Black from Sun FM, Lindsey Bissett from Glamrus Model Agency and current Miss Sunderland Philippa Attle.
Simon Robertson, Miss Sunderland organiser, said “This was definitely the toughest heat since we have been doing them – the standard was so high.
“I have no idea how the judges picked. All the girls should be so proud.”
The Miss Sunderland final, which is looking for a girl to compete in next year’s Miss England contest, will take place this summer and has a Rio Carnival theme.