A beauty queen from Wearside has travelled to Germany to take part in an international pageant.
Anya Gould, 21, from South Bents, Sunderland, won the UK title of Miss Intercontinental England 2015/2016 in July this year, and has now travelled to Germany in a bid to claim the world title of Miss Intercontinental.
The Boux Avenue sales assistant and Sunderland University student will compete against 70 other countries in the pageant on December 18.
She said: “I have been doing pageants for a while and I was Miss Sunderland in 2013 and came fourth in Miss Great Britain in 2014/2015. I really enjoy it and love meeting the girls who are from all different backgrounds. I have such a great time.”
The model will be competing with women from all over the world and will travel with two other girls from Scotland and Wales who won their respective country’s Miss Intercontinental titles.
The 44th Miss Intercontinental final will take place in Magdeburg, Germany, but Anya left last week to sightsee ahead of the big night.
She said: “The day before the show we will be interviewed by the judges then, on the night, we are going to be judged on evening wear, swimwear, and our national costume.
“Each girl has to design a costume that represents their nationality.” Anya will be wearing a costume inspired by the Queen, made by OdinRox; her hair will be done by Alex Stanford and her make up sponsor is beauty company ‘Dolled Up.’
The overall winner will receive a crown and sash along with a range of other prizes.
The business management student is also using the event to raise funds and awareness for the Stroke Association after her stepfather, Ray Stephenson, suffered a stroke in 2013, which left him with loss of vision and weakness in his left-hand side.