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Jamaican-born Miss England finalist hopes to take crown

PICTURED: Mariam Bakre

MARIAM BAKRE, a 23-year-old postgraduate from Grays, Essex, is one of the finalists competing in the Miss England photo heat for entry to Miss England 2019.

Bakre, who was born and raised in Jamaica to Nigerian parents, has lived in the UK for the past 11 years.

The public vote, which acts as an additional judge on the panel, is now open.

Bakre needs the public’s support before voting lines close in order to secure a place in the Miss England semi-final held in June 2019.

Judges include the national organiser of Miss England, Angie Beasley, and reigning Miss England Alisha Cowie.

The contestants who reach semi-final will be invited to participate in a sports and eco fashion round, where contestants are invited to create an outfit made from recycled materials as well as raising funds for the Miss World charity, Beauty with Purpose, all now part of the competition.

“The competition is much more than a physical beauty contest, the girls are encouraged to be charitable, sporty and an all round good role model, said Miss England national director Angie Beasley.

The ultimate winner of Miss England will be invited to raise awareness for various charities during her reign and will receive a whole host of prizes worth £25,000, including a holiday and a place in Miss World, which boasts a prize worth $100,000 for the international winner.

Miss World then welcomes a global charity ambassador for the year as her role.

You can vote for Mariam Bakre by texting her unique number – which can be found at www.missegland.info – to 63333.

Text votes cost 50p. Voting finishes on Tuesday March 12 2019 at 12 noon and the public vote will help select the shortlist of contestants for the semi-final.

The contestants also have until this date to raise funds for Beauty with a Purpose and gain support via the public vote to help them with their bid to reach the semi-final of Miss England.

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