Romy Simpkins, a trainee counsellor from Bournemouth, will be one of around 40 women taking part in the 2018 Miss Universe Great Britain competition in South Wales this July.
“I am really excited to have been chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain this year,” said Romy, “and will be doing all that I can in the next few months to prepare. Miss Universe is one of the biggest pageants in the world and I think it’s going to be a huge adventure as well as a lot of fun.”
In the run up to the competition she will be tasked with a series of challenges and fundraising for A-Sisterhood, which supports the advancement of women worldwide. In 2018, monies from the fundraising will be donated to Llamau, a charity in Wales helping homeless women; the National Centre for Female Genital Mutilation; Stop Acid Attacks and The Black Mambas – South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit protecting the rhino.
The final, starting on 11 July, will be a four-day event and includes a fundraising day; an empowerment day; a celebration dinner; and a catwalk show.
“I am so proud to represent the Women of today as a strong, independent and self respect individual that wishes encourage, inspire and helper other feel positive in their own skin,” said Romy. “My time spent understanding Mental Health and how to help other overcome as a volunteer for Dorset Mind Mental Health Charity has made me the person I am today and I thrive every day to be the best version of myself and encourage others to do so as well. My mission it to help others around, not just the country, but the World to understand the importance of self-love and self-acceptance.”
The Miss Universe Great Britain operates a NOT IN VAIN campaign as part of the competition which acknowledges the efforts and calibre of finalists. Under this banner, four awards will be presented to finalists: one for the finalist who raises the most for charity through the experience presented by A-Sisterhood; an award for the most inspiring finalist who shows dedication to empowering young women presented by the Miss Universe Great Britain national director; a Miss Universe Great Britain business bursary offering high-level business coaching by Elsby & Co Chartered Accountants in Northamptonshire to a finalist who is an accomplished or aspiring entrepreneur; and a HER Leadership Award, sponsored by EntreprenHER Productions, which will give a finalist the opportunity to develop and deliver her own workshop to a girls school in rural India.
As well as getting the opportunity to represent the UK for around three weeks at an exotic overseas location later this year at Miss Universe, the winner of Miss Universe Great Britain will also visit India, South Africa and The Philippines.
National director of Miss Universe Great Britain, Paula Abbandonato, said: “Pageantry in the UK is more popular than ever before and we have the most amazing line-up of young women from England, Scotland and Wales vying for the crown this year. It’s going to be an excellent competition and I wish them all the very best of luck.”
Around 90 countries take part in the Miss Universe event. The dates and location for 2018 have yet to be announced.
The current Miss Universe Great Britain is 26-year-old Anna Burdzy from Leicester. The current Miss Universe is Demi-Leigh Nel Peters from South Africa.
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