The New Miss Leicestershire is Hannah Davies a 22 year old performing arts teacher from Thurnby who will be representing the county in the next Miss England final- the only contest of its kind to send its winner to the official Miss World event.
The East Midlands heat of Miss England was held on Saturday 24th March at the stunning Kelham Hall & Country Park in Kelham near Newark.
Over 30 Contestants from Derbyshire , Nottinghamshire , Leicestershire and Northamptonshire all competed for a place in this years Miss England Grand Final which is being held in the summer.
The Miss Leicestershire crown was won by a performing arts teacher Hannah Davies and runner up was 16 year old Tia Carter ( sister of last years winner!)
Hannah was supported by local businesses, Chef and Spice and the Platinum laser clinic and is 22 years old and had a big crowd of supporters cheering her on at the event.
Hannah said “ I started dancing at the age of 3 at Ann Oliver Stage School. I have always had a passion for performing, and dancing at Ann Oliver’s gave me the opportunity to express myself and grow as a performer! I auditioned for LCPA which is a performing arts Diploma in 2012 and graduated in 2015!
Since then I have had the opportunity of touring the world as a dancer and seeing all the amazing countries and different sights the world has to offer! It was just incredible! Since returning home I found I wanted a job more stable and family based, I then went into teaching performing arts and have never looked back! Teaching children to grow as a performer and as a person is just so rewarding!
As for winning Miss Leicestershire 2018.... Wow!!! It feels like a dream! I worked so hard in the lead up to the finals and to say I have won is one of my biggest achievements in life. I entered the competition to make a change and after winning the title, I now have the courage and back up to support those visions! “
Royal Wedding themed Eco outfit for contestants
For the first time ever, the contestants didn’t wear long ballgowns for the regional event. Organiser Angie Beasley said “ With the Royal Wedding coming up, we thought we would ask the girls to wear a stylish but recycled outfit with a Royal Wedding Guest theme. This means they were encouraged to wear something that’s been handed down from mum or grandma or purchased from a charity shop or made from recycled materials . But it has to look stylish and eyecatching. We didn’t want the girls spending hundreds of pounds on new ballgowns, something many of the girls would have to buy so we have invited each contestant to bring a Little Black Dress to wear in a cocktail round. It’s the first time we have done this and most girls found that much easier. The winners of the county titles won £150 dress voucher from Bella Donna Boutique which will help them buy a lovely evening dress for the final of Miss England. “
“I kept my my eco outfit simple, classy and elegant!” said Hannah. “My up-cycled dress suit was made up from a table cloth we used last summer. It is classically tailored but using a unique material! The floral chintzy print is a fun take on an outfit for a Spring Wedding.
The open front round neck jacket is a fun fitted addition to the simple styling of the dress. Staying true to the eco-project, My fascinator bow has been fashioned from strips of hessian potato sack and a decorative cotton doily which used my be my grandmas. “
Hannah is also MESHEME Top Model Winner
Hannah was also chosen as the MESHEME Top Model for Leicestershire which means she is being invited to model for the new online Leicester based ethical fashion brand this year.
The brand launched last year at Café De Paris and co-owner Sobia Khilji was one of the judges on the panel choosing 4 Mesheme Top model winners.
Special Guests – Reigning Miss & Mr England
The reigning Miss England Stephanie Hill who was the Ladies Day Ambassador at Cheltenham Racecourse is co-hosted the event along and Curtis Hinton , a Mr England finalist from Dunstable.
Jack Eveys the reigning Mr England did a motivational speech at the event. Jack is currently training for the Mr World final in September and he is now part of Team GB for the next Paralympics.
Hannah now goes forward to the Miss England final in the summer which she will have chance to win a trip to Sri lanka and the coverted Miss England crown.