Pageant about inner beauty

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A girl from Nuthall has been crowned Miss Social Media Nottingham after getting 420 ‘likes’ on a selfie on facebook.

Victoria Marriott will now be entered into Miss Social Media England in the beauty competition that steers away from the traditional pageant and focuses more on inner beauty and helping others.

In the next round she will be competing with other girls to see how much money she can raise for a charity that helps disadvantaged and underprivileged children.

The 19-year-old said: “The finals is a lot of focus on charity work.

“I’ve already organised an afternoon tea party at my house and a charity football game, which I am trying to arrange at Eastwood Town Football Club.

“It’s not essential we use social media to raise the money, but I will be using it to post links to a funding page for those who can’t make the events I’m organising.

“I’ll put it all over facebook so people can give money and to raise awareness of the charity,” she said.

The Miss Social Media England finals will see girls from every region in the UK compete.

Along with raising money for charity, they will be asked to design and make an eco dress made out of recyclable materials, take part in a sporting event and model some clothes.

They will also have individual interviews with the contest judges.

Victoria said: “The judges will be asking what we do for charity and what we do to help out in our local communities to pick the winner.”

The competition is very different from the stereotypical beauty pageant.

“It’s about trying to change the image of the traditional pageant,” said Victoria.

“It’s more to do with inner beauty and less to do with being typically beautiful.

“It’s about being an all round role model for younger people and it’s a lot more focussed on charity work and helping in the community,” the teenager added.

The children’s charity the pageant raises for is called Beauty with a Purpose.

Entrants to the competition have to be aged between 17 and 24.

Victoria, who lives in Philip Avenue, went to Trinity School in Aspley and is now studying law at Nottingham Trent University.

The Miss England contest is held every year and has been taking place since 1928.

The winner of Miss England is also entered into Miss World.