A Sunderland beauty queen has been awarded a crown at the country’s biggest pageant.
Jennifer Wilson, 21, was awarded the title of Miss Eco at Miss England with her Coronation-inspired gown.
In a nod to the Queen’s recent 90th birthday, Jen did a royally good job of crafting an eco-friendly dress, complete with a staff made from a broom handle and a crown made with coat hangers.
Judges at Miss England were so impressed they awarded her the title of Miss Eco, which is one of ten rounds in the annual contest.
Jen, who recently completed a dance degree at Sunderland University, said: “I won the title of Miss Sunderland & District so only had 38 days to prepare for Miss England. Miss Sunderland is the first title I’ve ever won, but it’s the third time I’d entered a pageant, so I knew what to expect and it was a great experience.
“Miss England is very glamorous, but it’s also very hard work. Everyone thinks it’s just about putting on a dress and high heels, but you have to be physically and mentally prepared for it and it requires a lot of preparation.
“You want to do a good job of representing your city and putting it on the map and making a difference.”
Jen competed against area title holders from across the country at Miss England, which was held in Southport, in rounds including Sports Woman, Talent, Popularity, Top Model, Publicity, Charity, Beach Beauty, Brainy Beauty and Billion Dollar Smile.
Winning the Eco round means she will compete again next year at the Miss England Semi-Final 2017 and has been chosen to be an ambassador for ethical fashion brand We Do Re Do.
She’s also been praised for raising £7,200 for the Miss England chosen charity, Beauty With a Purpose.
Speaking about the inspiration for her winning dress, she said: “The theme of the round was English classic fashion through the decades. Around the time I won Miss Sunderland it was the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations so I came up with the idea of making an eco-friendly coronation gown.”
Jen, who lives in Gateshead and works as a sales assistant at Boux Avenue, said: “I may not have won Miss England but I feel so proud to have won the Miss Eco crown and to have raised so much money for charity.”
Miss Sunderland & District is run annually by Sunderland businesswoman Jodie Breeds, who runs 24 Carat salon in Grangetown.
“I’m really looking forward to my year as Miss Sunderland and Miss Eco, I couldn’t have done any of this without Jodie,” said Jen.
The overall Miss England title was won by 20-year-old psychology student Elizabeth Grant from Preston.