Organisers of Miss Southport are looking for young women aged 16-26 to represent Southport at the Miss England Finals which will also be held in the town.
Contestants will undertake a series of tasks including charity fundraising, a social media challenge, a confidence and self-esteem Bootcamp and finally take part in a Catwalk Show at The Atkinson Theatre on 5th June.
Girls from across the area are invited to find out what exactly is involved by accessing an information pack at www.misssouthport.com/info
Organisers are keen to distance themselves from the preconceptions people may have and insist that the event is far removed from an “old fashioned beauty pageant”.
Co-organiser Olivia Seed said:
“People think that events like ours are all about parading in bikinis and being the best looking girl in Town. It frustrates me so much that it’s peoples’ views and understanding of what we do that are stuck in the 80’s and old fashioned, not what we do.
We want to help people understand what our events are about and learn what we do to create young role models and ambassadors.”
Olivia a former Junior Miss Fylde Coast Winner continued;
“We have been running regional events for the last 5 years and thought the time right to extent what we do nationally to involve more young women.
Our events inspire confidence within young women. They help them understand their worth and encourage them to do good within their community and further afield.
Each girl will take part in fundraising for charity, confidence building events and an interview and activity day as well as taking part in a professional Catwalk Fashion Show.
We don’t look for the finished product or someone who is entirely confident and has previous experience; in metaphorical terms we look for a seedling.
Someone who is ready to develop and flourish through self development and community efforts, as well as hold a responsible title and being a role model for other girls.
We search for inner beauty and unique values, not for the outer appearance.
If people have ever thought you aren’t pretty enough to take part. That’s wrong. If people have ever thought our event is completely about looks, size and figure. That’s wrong too.
Within this competition you make incredible friends that will motivate and inspire you and will be surrounded by people who want to support you and see you do well”
The Miss Southport competition was last held in 2011 and won by Brea Carney-Jones, 22, a Graduate Paralegal from Southport.
Brea commented on the Event’s return “I’m so pleased that Miss Southport has been brought back, it’s such a fantastic event.
I had such a good experience back in 2011 and would encourage any girl who thinks she may not have enough confidence to get on the catwalk to just give it a go.
I was in the same boat but gained so much confidence from taking part and it opened up so many opportunities for me. “
Brea is also delighted that the Miss England Final is being held in Southport for the first time, she said
“This will be so good for Southport. The Miss England Final is a huge event and is usually held in big cities and to see it come to my home town is so exciting.
More exciting for the new Miss Southport though, because she will be showing 49 girls from all over the country all the wonderful things Southport has to offer”
Organisers are accepting applications via the website at www.misssouthport.com where full terms and conditions can be found.
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