12:19PM, Thursday 10 May 2012
A student nurse from Maidenhead is hoping to turn heads and be crowned Miss England 2012.
Lydia Lewington has made it through to the quarter finals of the competition which she says is about 'more than just make-up'.
It is the first time the 20-year-old has entered anything like this and she said: "It's different from what I expected.
"They ask you lots about your life and it's definitely not just about being a pretty face."
The former Newlands Girls' School pupil is in her first year of a nursing degree at Southampton University.
She chose the profession because she wanted to do something that would 'make a difference'.
In her spare time she is usually found down the stables mucking out horses but said it would make a nice change to go from jeans and hospital scrubs to glamorous gowns.
Lydia, from Norden Road, said: "It's quite out of character for me to do this as I've never really had the confidence to do a competition like this before.
"But if I won I'd be really happy and really proud if I was crowned Miss England."
She applied for the contest a few months ago and was picked to go to a photoshoot in London and compete in Miss Fresh Photographic, which acts as a quarter-final of Miss England.
She is competing against 36 other girls and currently coming 10th.
Lydia is calling for her fellow Maidonians to show her their support before voting closes on Tuesday.
The top 10 girls and two wild cards will go through to a panel decision stage.
Two will then be picked to go through to the Miss England Semi Final at Champneys Springs, Leicestershire on Wednesday, May 30.
The Grand Final of Miss England will be held on June 25-26 in Leicester and the girl who is crowned will go on to represent our country in Miss World.
To vote for Lydia text MISS FRESH922 to 63333 (cost 50p).
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