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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Miss South Lakes final

THE South Lakes proved it has style and glamour as girls from across the region competed in a top beauty competition.

Ulverston’s Coronation Hall was packed on Saturday night as people turned out to support the entrants vying to be crowned Miss South Lakes.

And the competition was fierce as 12 girls battled it out to represent the region in next year’s Miss England semi-finals, while 10 more went head-to-head in the Junior Miss South Lakes competition. They all had to strut their stuff on the catwalk as they modeled sportswear, followed by daytime and evening outfits.

And eventual winner, Natasha Cooper said they had all been nervous before the show.

The 23-year-old, from Seascale, said: “I didn’t expect to win at all. I thought ‘it can’t be me – it feels amazing’.

“I have met so many lovely, beautiful girls doing this but they are not just beautiful on the outside – they are lovely girls.

“I absolutely loved it – you get such a buzz. You’re really nervous, I think all the girls were, but once you get on stage you don’t want to get off.”

The Evening Mail also featured heavily in the second half of the show, as contestants modeled their own ‘eco-wear’ outfits.

The girls were challenged to create an outfit that was sustainable as well as financially and environmentally responsible. And a number of them got creative with past copies of the paper to create a variety of interesting styles.

The winner of Junior Miss South Lakes, Skye Mitchell, said it had been a challenge she thoroughly enjoyed.

The 14-year-old from Millom said: “It is nerve-wracking but once you get out there you just forget about it.

“It was so worth it. The whole day was so fun.”

She said she enjoyed the atmosphere backstage and was looking forward to competing in the semi-finals in May.

Meanwhile, the night’s other big winner, the newly-crowned Miss South Lakes, said her advice to anyone thinking about entering the competition was just to do it.

She said: “People think ‘I can’t possibly do this – I haven’t got the confidence’ but once you have done it you do.

“All the girls that have taken part will have so much more confidence now.”

And the reigning Miss North West agreed, saying the experience changed her life for the better.

Former star of ITV’s Take Me Out, featuring in series three, Steph Hodson said she had tried to offer advice to this year’s contestants and give them the benefit of her experience.

The 24-year-old, from Merseyside, said: “It is nerve-wracking – you have got so many pairs of eyes staring back at you. But they will have made new Facebook friends and it is not just about the competition. It is about giving these girls confidence”

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