PAGEANT princesses will be representing Sunderland at Miss Great Britain tonight.
Natasha Phelps, 18, from Washington, who won Miss Sunderland this year, and Anya Gould, 20, from High Barnes, who won the title last year, will be strutting their stuff at the final against 48 beauty queens from around the region.
The girls won a place in the two-day final in Leicester after scooping their Miss Sunderland titles, in one of two Miss Sunderland contests held in the city.
Natasha, who juggles modelling with reading childhood studies at Northumbria University, said: “My ultimate ambition in life is to improve the lives of children.
“Throughout my degree I hope to continue with charity work and raise money for Cash For Kids and raise the profile of the charity. I’m really proud to represent the Sunderland region in the Miss GB final, and also want to have a bit of fun like I did at the Miss Sunderland final.”
Anya said: “From winning Miss Sunderland last year I have grown in confidence and self-esteem. It really motivated me to give everything in life and to never give up on dreams.
“I have gone on to do many photoshoots with local companies and I want to pursue a career in modelling while also attend castings in London after being signed there too. Miss GB is a massive opportunity and I am so grateful to be a part of it.”
This year’s judges include Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne and Samantha Freedman, beauty editor of LOOK Magazine. The event is being filmed by a new Sky TV channel, the i-channel, and will be aired in the new year.
Simon Robertson from Headline Models, an agency both girls are signed to, will also be co-hosting the Miss Great Britain final.
He said: “Both girls are different with individual traits and personalities, but what they both have in common is that they are both level-headed, down-to-earth, intelligent women. I think they will both represent Sunderland well.
“Although they will both be walking down the catwalk as Miss Sunderland, there’s no rivalry, they’ve been supporting each other.”