Aspiring Miss Englands took to the stage as the regional contest which forms the first stage in the journey to Miss World got underway.
The finalists of Miss Dorset 2018 were revealed during a celebration at 1812 Lounge Bar and Restaurant, with contestants Amber Hardy, Danielle Hemming, Julia Smith, Hannah Pollyn, Sophie Hall, Sarah Sheppard, Shania Lockyer and Stephanie Wyatt outlining their ambitions should they win the crown.
The competition takes place alongside the Love Dorset Festival, which aims to champion the county’s ten fair-trade towns and encourage residents to make ethical decisions for a more sustainable future.
Founder Kelly Levell said: “Love Dorset is a community festival designed to encourage residents and business owners to become more eco-friendly and socially responsible.
“Each of the Miss Dorset contestants will use their influence and platform for purpose to champion these initiatives in the coming months.”
Kelly, who works as a sustainability consultant, is keen to stress that Miss Dorset is a long way from the beauty pageants of old, and that the winner will be an ambitious, ethically-minded young person.
Contestants will be judged on their talents in everything from up-cycling to sports as well as proving themselves ethically minded and socially savvy.
The winner of the annual competition, to be announced at a red carpet gala at Bournemouth’s Hilton Hotel on May 5, will secure a place in the prestigious Miss England final, the official entry point to Miss World, as well as becoming an ambassador for local Not-for-Profit organisation We Do Ethical Living, inspiring people to be the change, opening regional charity events, award ceremonies and business galas throughout the year.
To find out more about the 2018 contestants and vote, visit Miss Dorset Facebook and Instagram pages facebook.com/missdorset/ @MissDorsetOfficial
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