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2018 Miss Universe Great Britain Candidate Romy Simpkins Calls For More Mental Health Awareness

Mental ill health can affect every aspect of life, from family relationships, to the ability to work and cope at school or college. Stigma and prejudice can make people reluctant to come forward or seek support. As a result, mental illnesses have drastically lower rates of diagnosis, and are treated less often and less effectively than other diseases.

The gorgeous Romy Simpkins, who'll be competing in Miss Universe Great Britain, has been thinking a lot about her platform, which has a lot to do with her career and studies revolving around mental health - "I would like to take this experience to show how I wish to make a difference to those suffering with mental health illnesses. Being a real example that you can overcome an illness and you can do whatever you want to do in life as long as you set your mind to it" - she explained.

Simpkins often works with families who were victims of domestic abuse. "I have always been passionate about helping others, especially in the work force which has led me into working for a mental health organisation for children and young adults. I enjoy the case work studies and I wanted to look into this more, so I can help those who are affected by trauma and other serious events. From this I am now studying to become a counsellor to give therapy to those effected by mental health."

If she wins the title of Miss Universe Great Britain Romy will have the opportunity to represent her country in Miss Universe 2018. Last year the gorgeous Anna Burdzy placed in the Top16. The country has never won the international crown however Amy Willerton secured the Top 10 spot at Miss Universe 2013 pageant. 


You will compete at the Miss Universe Great Britain Pageant; how will you prepare the contest? 

Well I would like to think I’m quite organised, I had already discussed with my dress designer the possibility of becoming a Miss Universe Great Britain Finalist at the beginning of the year and have travelled to the Philippines to pick up my dream dress. I think it’s important to be physically as well as mentally prepared, so I have been working hard in the gym and looking after my body with what I eat (I don’t deny myself of anything however!) as its about moderation.

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What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I am very honest, I think people in pageant may feel they have to say certain things in order to win or look a certain way. However, I’d like to think I’m a real woman. I work hard for my body, my job and for my future aspirations and I love being able to show my drive to those around me in never giving up on dreams.  

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What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants? 

There are two things, one I love being on stage. I started acting at the age of 3 and went to a prestige performing arts school as a teenager. Performing was a passion of mine and I felt I could express myself through pretending to be a different person. But I realised I wanted to perform being me and I had a good think and thought pageants! An opportunity to showcase who I am, what I can do and to be able to enjoy it too!

Also, I have always been involved in charity work, mainly focusing on children’s charities or animal welfare charities and I took it as a sign that charitable causes and campaigns are well promoted in the UK pageant community and that inspired me more to enter. To show what I do for the causes I care about and how I can raise awareness of them on a much larger scale.

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I think many would say making friends, and I agree! Because I never thought I would meet so many people that have the same interests as me and just click with. I have loved being able to make friends from around the World and looking forward to making more friends at Miss Universe Great Britain. I believe through pageants I have gained self-actualisation which is a blessing to feel you have a sense of worth not just to others but for yourself and I will always hold pageants as a massive step in making me the woman I am today.

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Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). Is this your case? And if so, why?

I think as a child I wanted to be many things, an actress, a hockey player, a vet or a teacher! So, I can’t say that I had one dream back then because I didn’t know what I was capable of doing. As an adult I have been able to make big decision, take risks and embrace opportunities that come my way and pageants have become such an importance to me and for that reason I can now say my dream is to be Miss Universe Great Britain and to represent my country at Miss Universe.

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Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not? 

I can understand why so many may struggle to see social media as a positive platform. However, through my experience with it, it has opened so many doors. Not only can I connect with my friends from around the world, but I am able to form a business from it. I work solely on social media for my Atlantica Swimwear range and if it wasn’t for people’s recommendations on pageant advice groups or the effect social media has in promoting business. I wouldn’t be customising swimwear for women around the world.

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Also, there have been so many good things that have come from social media, the power to help find missing people and pets and being able to do online donations for causes that need support from many people. It’s a great way to promote your business, charities and advocacies so I think it is great for pageants and plays a big role in the community.

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

It’s hard to know only one person can win, and yes, I have faced not winning or placing in a pageant before. But I always look back in a more optimistic way and think right what can I do differently, to make sure I am being the best possible version of myself for the next one. If you did your very best then that’s ok, because the most important thing is you tried, and you gave it your all.  I am proud every time I take to the stage, because I know who I am, and I know my worth and that’s how I know I have overcome big obstacle to get where I am now by having self-respect and believing in myself.  

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference?

In some ways it is about love, peace and beauty but not how others would think of it. Loving yourself I believe every person feel they should be able to do, regardless of negativity from others as loving yourself is the first step to self-acceptance.

More so when you have this, it will make you realise you are beautiful and that doesn’t mean because you’re a certain height or weight. But because you are comfortable in your own skin and that aura will shine through and that’s what beauty really is! Peace is about seeing the world we live in, as we are so lucky to be alive and have all this incredible technology and amazing opportunities thrown at us as hum. We should be enjoying and embracing life with those around us rather than causing war or violence and then maybe people will realise that life is very special, and you should make the most of every second of it being happy as you can be.

What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

I say go for it but show your worth by working hard for it! It’s your choice, your body and your mind and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from doing what you want to do. If you have passion and can handle being able to constantly work at bettering yourself then your going to love the experience and one day that hard work will pay off by becoming a beauty queen! It has for me and I am still pushing myself now, so I can reach my aim pageant goal of becoming Miss Universe Great Britain.

Who is your ideal beauty queen and why?

Honestly there are so many I couldn’t pick just one, they all hold the morals and value I look for in a role model. So, I think they all stand for something different and that’s what makes them all ideal beauty queens.

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Thanks to the beautiful Romy for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Universe GB pageant.
 

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