Nicole is contestant in Miss England Heat 2015

December 2014

Specialist Hair and Media Make-Up student Nicole Taylor is heading to the Miss England Heat next year after winning two awards in the Miss Shropshire Heat. 

Nicole scooped two titles in the regional beauty pageant, becoming both Miss Popularity Shropshire and Miss Charity Shropshire for receiving the most public votes as well as raising the most money for a worthy cause. 

By receiving 955 text votes from the public, over a third more than the runner-up, Nicole cemented her title as Miss Popularity. She received her second title, Miss Charity, by raising £375 in one week for the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ charity, which is associated with the Miss World competition. The charity raises money for local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children all over the world. 

“I didn’t have much time to raise money, so I decided to visit a range of local businesses and talk to people about the charity face-to-face,” said Nicole. “It adds a human touch, and when people saw that I was prepared to meet with them personally and talk about the difference the charity was making to so many children’s lives they were very receptive.” 

Nicole is pleasantly surprised with her success in the pageantry scene, especially as applying for the Miss Shropshire competition was a spur-of-the-moment decision close to the entry deadline. 

“Normally I don’t get involved with this sort of competition – it’s not really my thing,” she admits. “Usually I’m prone to stage fright and I’m quite self-conscious. However, it was my four year-old sister that inspired me to apply and compete. 

“She’s always singing and dancing and putting on little performances, and watching her gave me the confidence I needed to go forward and do my best.” 

Hundreds of hopeful girls applied for the pageant, but only 25 were shortlisted for the final. Nicole made it into the final 12 after participating in several rounds, including a public question and answer session, an eveningwear, a casualwear and an eco-round, where contestants had to fashion their own outfit from a range of materials. 

After her success in the regional Shropshire competition, Nicole will be competing in the Miss England Heat in Newark, Nottinghamshire in April next year. She has made the decision to compete in both of her winning categories with the hope of then being invited to the Miss England final later in the year.

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