Newly crowned Miss Sunderland wins virtual competition to compete for the national title
The newly crowned Miss Sunderland is set to compete for the national title of Miss England in June.
Amber Peters, aged 22 from Silksworth, won a virtual competition which was held over the last two months to receive the Miss Sunderland crown.
The North East pageant had to be held virtually due to Covid, with contestants having to receive support in a public vote, pre-record an introduction, catwalk and talent video as well as take part in a Zoom interview with the judges.
She said: “I just filled in an application on a whim and entered the heats for the North East.
"Everyone competing had to enter a public vote so I had all my family and friends sharing it on social media so I could reach the top six.
"This year’s regional final was all virtual due to Covid and I was invited to a Zoom interview with the judges where we had to make a good impression.
"I was so surprised when I won, the email sounded like a rejection at first, it was only when I got further down it that I realised that I had done it.
"I have never entered a pageant before so to get this far is just mental.”
Now Amber will go on to represent Sunderland in the national competition in June where she will raise money for a charitable cause that is close to her heart.
She added: "I think a lot of people overlook Sunderland and the North East as a whole so I’m proud to be able to represent where I am from.
“I’m excited and confident for the next part, I think I’m most excited to meet all the other girls as win or lose, it is important to have fun along the way and raise for charity.
"I’ve decided to choose R.E.A.C.H who help people who have been victims of sexual assault as it is a cause close to my heart.”