Churwell girl’s bid to be crowned Miss Leeds

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A Churwell girl will fly the flag for the town when she competes to become Miss Leeds 2015 this weekend.

Bethany Cowdell is one of 27 finalists taking part in the finals of the beauty pageant at the Met Hotel on Sunday.

Physiotherapy student Bethany says she wants to become a role model for other girls if she is successful.

Bethany, who is 20 and attended Morley High School, said that after being bullied for her appearance as a child she wanted to convey a message of tolerance and urged others to be confident regardless of their looks.

She said: “I entered Miss Leeds because I want to show other young girls that it is okay to be comfortable in your own skin no matter what other people may say or think.”

“I suffer with depression, and if I am crowned Miss Leeds 2015 I will do my best to become a role model for other girls to be proud of who they are and to prove that beauty is not just skin deep, but that it is in fact, a lot more than that. I hope to inspire other girls to push themselves out of their comfort zones to make them more confident within their own skin.”

The pageant has broadened in recent years to encompass more charity work and Bethany has spent time collecting food to donate to the St George’s Crypt charity in Leeds.

The winner of the competition will fulfil the role for 12 months and will compete in the meantime to become Miss England.

To vote for Bethany text MISS LEEDS05 to 63333.