You will compete at the Miss Universe GB Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?
Usually I would train hard in the gym combining boxing and weights but Im doing things differently this year as I have broken my arm (snowboarding) so I will be eating healthy and doing lots of walking until I have full use of my arm which I hope to be in 4 weeks. I also up my meditation game which helps me focus on my goals.
I think one of my strongest characteristics is my positivtiy. I dont believe in the concept of 'impossible' I believe in having faith and working harder regardless of obstacles you may face. Id like to think I will bring a great sence of fun too! I love to make people laugh and lighten the atmosphere if it gets a bit too intense.
What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?
I hope to gain friends and create amazing memories whilst striving to be the best version of myself and hopefully open doors to more opportunities along the way.
Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?
I have always been very career motivated I have worked from the age of 13 from a fish and chips shop to a fashion model I tried my hand at anything and everything. I got in to operational and financial management and built a successful career until I felt I had hit the glass ceiling so I decided to side step and return to university to complete a Bachelor of arts in Business. I now work in my dream job as an executive assistant whilst completing my final year of university. I aim to complete an MBA too, I feel education is key to the success of the next generation which is why I am currently working on a seminar for teenagers based on empowerment whilst incorporating necessary financial aspects to help them prepare for adult life.
Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It this your case ? And if so, why ?
When I saw these amazing women grace the miss universe stage when I was a child I was too scared to even contemplate that it could be me, but over time I realised actually I am worthy and anything is possible, and to be this close to the miss universe stage is already a dream come true. I want all young girls to realise that no dream is to big for you, all you have to do is put the work in!
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
I think social media is a great place to show your personality and engage with people but, I think it is so important to show your true self on social media and not just an airbrushed version as the falsification of perfection is becoming detrimental to our generation, it worrys me that some young girls think they are not good enough without a filter or that they are less liked or important because they dont have a lot of followers.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
Disappointment is a part of pageantry we expose ourselves to it and therfore must accept it. Not everyone can be a winner and thats why I think it is important to find other areas to take wins from such as friendships, personal development, helping charities etc. I have never entered a pageant and came home feeling like a looser and I am a firm believer in the timing of the universe keep focused and work hard and your time will come and that goes for all aspects of life.
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 ?
I believe MUGB is already breaking stereotypes by placing a strong emphasis of the efforts of its candidates towards fundraising objectives. I hope to help break the stereotypes with my fundraising campaigns for A-sisterhood, MUGB's chosen charity which aids causes including, female genital mutilation, female homelessness, acid attack victims in india and a female anti-poaching group in South Africa.
I am hosting a self defence class to raise funds and awareness for these causes. Beauty Pageants do still have aspects of peace, love and beauty but I believe it goes further than that with intelligence, integrity and purpose, which I think is becoming more apparent over time.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
My advice would be, become a queen inside before you aim for a crown. Find out who you are and own it, set some goals you didnt think you could do and smash them, then you are already in the mind and heart of a queen.
Who is your ideal beauty queen and why?
If I could crown anyone to become a beauty queen I would choose Emmeline Pankhurst, who was a leading campaigner for womens rights in the UK and I am so grateful for her part in the movement which led to women like myself having the right to vote, and managed to look fabulous doing so, she would have definitely been a worthy title holder.
Thanks to the beautiful Megan for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Universe GB pageant.