COULD this city student be the next Miss England?
Stephanie Robson, 20, from Seaburn, has secured a place in the country’s biggest beauty pageant after winning the qualifying heat of Miss 24 Carat.
Set up by Sunderland businesswoman Jodie Breeds, the Miss 24 Carat heat saw 12 finalists strut their stuff in a bid to impress judges which included reigning Miss England, Charlotte Holmes.
Sports student Steph emerged victorious after impressing with her stage presence, charisma and gymnastics talent.
“I froze when they called my name out as the winner,” she said. “I competed in Miss 24 Carat last year as well. I think I was even more nervous this time around, but once I got on the stage, I felt more relaxed because I knew what to expect.
“I think a lot of people would expect Miss England to be stuck up but Charlotte was lovely. She won Miss England on her third attempt and she’s really inspired me in that way.”
The Miss 24 Carat finalists competed in rounds including eco wear, sportswoman, talent, fotofashionista, charity and popularity.
Charlotte, who has also competed in TV show Britain’s Next Top Model, said: “The Miss 24 Carat final was fabulous. Jodie has put together a lovely heat with a good team around her.
“I think having the different categories stands the winner in good stead for the national final.
“I thoroughly enjoyed judging and Steph was a very worthy winner. I wish her luck at the final.”
Stephanie, who studies at Gateshead College, will compete against beauty queens from around the country at the Miss England finals which will this year be held in Torquay on June 15 and 16.
Stephanie is taking part in a sponsored zip wire across the River Wear tomorrow and did a charity fashion show at the Roker Hotel last night.
Jodie, who runs 24 Carat salon in Grangetown, said: “All the girls were fabulous, but I think Steph stood out because she put 100 per cent effort into all her rounds and she presented herself so well on the night.
“If she does what she did at our final at the Miss England final I think she has a really good chance of doing well.”