A SELF-PROCLAIMED feminist is aiming to challenge beauty pageant stereotypes after securing a spot in the Miss Worcestershire finals.
Heather May Britton, from Southcrest, said she joined the competition after watching a documentary about beauty queens and was surprised to see beauty was represented by not just looks but personality, intelligence and a person’s character.
The 21-year-old said Miss Worcestershire promoted beauty as well as brains and she was inspired by the current Miss England Carina Tyrell who is studying to be doctor.
“As I am a feminist I have had some people question why I have entered a competition that some people believe is primarily based on how you look.” she said.
“But taking part in the competition has taught me how to be poised, how to act in an interview and the ability to communicate to a large group of people whist maintaining composure.
“I believe this competition is a great opportunity for women to get their voice heard, and the ability for them to be a spokesperson for the region they are representing.”
She added Miss Worcestershire was also an excellent way for young women to raise funds for charity.
The finals will be held at the Guildhall in Worcester on Sunday, November 2, where the winner will go forward to compete in Miss England.
Visit www.missengland.info/regionals/worcestershire to vote for Heather to be crowned Miss Popularity.