A Morley teenager is battling to become Miss Leeds and take home a crown for her home town this weekend as she takes part in the finals of the city-wide beauty pageant.
Vicky Gill, 17, who is hoping to go to university in London this summer to study fashion journalism, admitted she was taken aback after being told she was one of the 27 finalists selected from the hundreds of applications tabled from across the city.
Vicky is currently in the final year of her A-Levels at Wakefield College and will take part in the contest at the Met Hotel on Sunday. Should she win, Vicky will take in the role for a whole year and compete to become Miss England.
She said: “I applied thinking not much of it and then I got an audition and then through to the final - I really wasn’t expecting it because I’ve never entered anything like this before.
“I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t think anything of it.”
In recent years the contest has tried to break away from its clichéd stereotype and place a greater emphasis on personality as well as looks. The role of the winner has also been expanded to encompass a greater degree of charity work, with the successful entrant expected to attend events on behalf of Beauty with a Purpose, the cause associated with the event.
And though Vicky is relaxed about her chances of success. her priority is to do this for the experience.
She said: “I’m really excited about it but it’s nice to just be involved.”