SHEFFIELD supply teacher Rachael Foster was hoping this week to add another qualification to her list – Miss England.
The 22-year-old, who is working at Tapton Secondary, was taking part last night (Wednesday) in the semi-finals of the competition in Leicester.
“I have never been in a beauty pageant before but other people had mentioned it,” she said. “Then this year I just decided to go for it.
“I looked into the competition and saw that it looked at contestants as a whole package and did a lot of charity work.”
The Sheffield Hallam University graduate added: “One of the rounds is modelling a dress we’ve made from recycled materials, borrowed items or charity shop items! So I am rushing around trying to fit it all in. But everyone at the school has been really supportive and my mum has been going crazy getting people to vote for me.”
Rachael needs text votes to help her chances of being one of 14 women selected for the final.
Miss England director Angie Beasley said: “They must be personable, eloquent and athletic, as well as being someone who will be a role model for younger girls and make a great ambassador for their country.”
Rachael eventually hopes to become a paediatric dietician and says that if if she became Miss England, “I would really like to use my position to promote the importance of diet and nutrition and also raise awareness of eating disorders”.