Beauty Sarah Douglas says she is ready to fly the flag for Wearside after being crowned Miss Sunderland.
The 24-year-old was among a host of girls vying for the honour at the Miss North East GB final, held at Wynyard Hall, on Teesside.
As well as scooping a two-year modelling contract, Sarah will now compete in the Miss Great Britain final in Leicester this September.
Speaking about her triumph, Sarah, who owns and runs The Oasis Beauty Room, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out.
“I was really shocked because if I’m honest, I never thought I would win.”
The contest, which was organised by Headline Models and One Voice Productions, and hosted by Simon Robertson and Kate Solomons, also saw women take the Miss Durham and Miss Newcastle titles.
I was really shocked because I never thought I would winSarah Douglas
Participants helped to raised more than £8,000 for media company Global’s Make Some Noise charity appeal.
Rounds which the contestants were marked on included a section about each girl’s favourite Hollywood icon, a swimsuit round and an evening gown section.
“We were all asked questions by the judges but I felt comfortable doing it,” added Sarah.
“I was in the Miss Newcastle event a couple of years ago, but I know I was more confident this time.”
As well as her day job running the Beauty Room, Sarah is now preparing to face the judges in the national final, where she is set to compete against almost 50 other contestants from all areas of the country.
She will also be raising money for Cancer Research, after her grandmother Elsie Millingworth died aged 81 of mesothelioma last year.
“I’m really excited about the final because it’s such a great opportunity for me,” added Sarah, who was brought up in Gateshead.
“I’m not sure what the prizes are for winning, but just to be in there is enough.”
Sarah will be doing a number of charity events in the run-up to the Miss Great Britain final. For more details, call her on 07528788593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.