A TEENAGER from Morpeth has finished runner-up in the first-ever Miss Northumberland competition, after narrowly being pipped to the post and a place in the Miss England finals next month.
Emily Stokoe first broke into the contest by winning a heat at Linden Hall in May, where Friday night’s final was also staged.
The 18-year-old, from Carlisle Park, had 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 was equally dazzling in the final, scoring highly with the panel of four judges – including reigning Miss England, Jessica Linley – with her glamour, grace and personality.
Emily battled through three rounds on the night, first showing off her individual style, followed by a fun sportswear section and finally modelling evening wear.
And out of the 22 who took part, she was chosen for the final group of eight girls who had the chance to speak directly to the judges and impress them with their personality.
When the result was finally announced, Emily was the first runner-up, followed by Chantelle Fairbairn, 21, from Blyth, while the Miss Northumberland title went to 21-year-old Laura Hickey, from Wooler.
Emily said: “I had a brilliant time and all the other girls were great. It was a really positive experience.”
Judge Jessica said: “It was a really difficult decision and our final eight were gorgeous. Any one of them could have won tonight.
Miss Northumberland organiser Simon Robertson said: “I think we have proved that Northumberland can compete with the best of them. We have a great chance at Miss England.”