A Scarborough student could bring home a coveted title if she outshines the competition where regional beauties are set to dazzle.
The first year of exams are over and Miss Scarborough and District Eleanor Hardie is now primed for the Miss England final, where she will be swapping her lab coat for evening gown.
The 20-year-old, who is studying for an environmental science degree at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus, said: “I like to think I break the mould when it comes to your stereotypical beauty queen; I love getting dressed up but I feel most at home in my lab coat and wellington boots than a ball-gown.”
Miss Hardie will be up against 60 other regional finalists in the bid for the crown, including 2010 town title winner Alice Czyz, 23, who is now representing as Miss York.
In preparation for the grand spectacular, being staged at the Athena in Leicester on Monday and Tuesday, Eleanor has completed fundraising events, a professional photo shoot, and is now putting together the finishing touches to her outfits.
She said: “I am very excited about Miss England. I am preparing my eco dress, sourcing the final accessories.
“Diane Yalezo, my manager, has helped me to choose a stunning ball gown and I am excited about the evening wear round.”
Although returning to her Leicester home town for the event, Eleanor praised local supporters who have helped to make her feel at home.
“Being Miss Scarborough is really fun and interesting - getting to meet new people and being introduced to many local charities and organisations,” said Eleanor. “I really feel that I am becoming a part of Scarborough and getting to know the different people.
“The excitement is infectious and really encourages me in the role. I just hope I can do Scarborough proud and bring home the crown.”
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