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PICTURES: Miss Cheltenham winner crowned at Queen's Hotel ceremony

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

  • WINNER: Sophie Smith

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Judges named this year’s Miss Cheltenham at a glamorous ceremony in the Queen’s Hotel.

Sophie Smith, 23, from the Royal Well area, was crowned the winner following a glitzy evening on Sunday.

Twelve finalists paraded along the red carpet in Montpellier all stating their claim to become the town’s representative at this year’s Miss England contest.

Sophie, who was sponsored by the Brasserie Group, is a part-time student at the University of West England who also volunteers with the Pied Piper appeal, while working full-time.

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She said she dedicated her win to inspiring more women to take interest in the construction industry.

“I feel absolutely amazing. I am on the top of the world,” said Sophie, who is a building surveyor for Stroud District Council

“I first got involved when modelling for Cheltenham Fashion Week and it has always been something I have wanted to do.

“I feel at 23, I finally had enough life experience to do it and I have tried my absolute best.

“I work in building conservation and construction so I don’t always look glamorous at work.

“This was my chance to look glamorous.”

Sophie’s mum Sonia was in attendance on the night.

She said: “Sophie has worked very hard for this. Not many people know that she is Cheltenham born and bred which I think it important.

“I think she can inspire many other young women and that you don’t have to be a man to work in her industry.”

Fellow finalists Holly Steel, from Tuffley, and Hannah D’Lorna, from Cheltenham, came second and third respectively.

Holly also won the category for Miss Popularity Cheltenham while Hannah was named the Beauty with a Purpose winner, who was raised the most money for charities for disadvantaged children.

Hannah said: “I would like to thank all the many people who support this worthwhile cause.”

Sophie will now feature in the Miss England finals between June 14 and 16, which will decide who will go on to represent England in the Miss World competition.

Justin Young, a judge in Cheltenham, said: “What I was looking for was the person who stood out the most.

“It’s all about how they came across and finding the women with the most confidence. The decision to choose Sophie was unanimous.”

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  • ShayneG  |  March 03 2014, 4:59PM

    Do you have any proof readers at the Echo? Might be an idea to pass work to someone BEFORE publication.....Did her mother really say "...bred which I think it important." ? and "who was raised the most". Are you using children to write this stuff now as it looks like a text to me!?

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