A SEARCH to find the first ever Miss Northumberland is hotting up, with entries pouring in from across the county.
Emily Stokoe, from Carlisle View in Morpeth, is just one of the many now pinning their hopes on making it through the competition, which involves a series of rounds including a bootcamp with an emphasis on health and fitness.
And it’s not just looks that matter – the girls have to prove they have the right attitude, personality and skills to represent Northumberland on the national stage, with a shot at the Miss England title for the regional winner.
The contest is being backed by Johnston Press’s newspapers in the county, including the Morpeth Herald, and supports the Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal.
Eighteen-year-old Emily has already enjoyed a brush with fame, having starred in a music video for chart-topping artist Plan B and as an in-store model for fashion chain Hollister, part of Abercrombie and Fitch.
And she has also been approached by reality TV shows including MTV’s forthcoming Geordie Shore and BBC3’s Finishing School for Girls.
On a personal level, she helped her older brother through leukaemia and, despite being made redundant on the Friday just before Christmas, she proved her determination by finding a new job on the Monday, after calling in to shops and asking for work.
Emily said: “I aim to make modelling a very busy full-time job and hope to achieve this by always improving my portfolio and marketing myself. I would like to model for an international fashion designer or make-up company.”
Organiser Simon Robertson said: “We have had a tremendous response from across the North East and there are some amazing girls to consider. I’m confident that our winner will have a good chance of finishing in the top three in Miss England.”
The latest business sponsors to come on board include The MetroCentre, which will be staging the first heat on Thursday, March 31 at 7.45pm, and regional lifestyle company Impari.
Managing director at Impari, Emily Underwood-Lea, said: “‘Impari are very excited about supporting Miss Northumberland 2011 and being a model sponsor. We are thrilled to support the local community and we wish everyone the best of luck.”
As well as representing Northumberland, the winner will take home a coveted modelling contract with Glam R Us as part of an exclusive prize package.
The deadline for entries has also been extended to Monday, April 4, so it’s not too late to get involved.
Visit www.missnorthumberland.co.uk for details and an online entry form.