A WOOLER student has moved one step closer to becoming the face of the county, after wowing the judges in the first heat of the new Miss Northumberland contest.
Twenty-one-year-old Laura Hickey, who is currently studying at Leeds Met University to become an osteopath, stormed through the opening round held at the MetroCentre on Thursday night, earning a place in the grand final.
She not only had to impress the panel by modelling evening wear, but also something to match her personality – a vital characteristic for the lucky Miss who will eventually be crowned at a glittering show to be held at Linden Hall on June 3. Laura chose a classic floral dress – her usual attire when she’s not in her running or horse-riding gear.
“A friend saw details for Miss Northumberland and suggested I should just go for it,” said Laura, who went on a round-the-world adventure during her gap-year, learning to scuba dive and kickbox in Thailand, sky-dive and bungee jump in Australia, as well as teaching in a Thai school.
“I was pretty nervous and didn’t know what to expect, so I was in at the deep end when it came to the first heat. I was the only girl not in black – I chose white and pink, because I’m a colourful person at heart.
“I couldn’t believe when they told me I had won – I couldn’t stop grinning. Modelling has never really crossed my mind, but if I find something I enjoy doing, I’ll give it my best shot. I never thought I would qualify as a model, but here I am!”
There are three rounds left and the winner and four runners-up from each will also go through to the final.
The next takes place at The Wellwood in Amble, at a date to be announced.
And it’s not too late to enter – fill in the nomination form by visiting www.missnorthumberland.co.uk