Grazia Daily favourite and BNTM contestant Charlotte Holmes was pipped to the post at the Miss England final on Wednesday night when the (equally charming, we’re sure) Miss Nottingham, Jessica Linley, was crowned this year’s winner. Grazia Daily caught up with Charlotte this morning on the telephone and the poor girl has literally broken her voice after the competition, saying that it was ‘great fun but has really taken it out of me’. Better not let Elle find out, Miss Holmes.
Charlotte, however, did win the coveted ‘Fresh Modelesque Award’ (awarded by ‘Fresh’, who are the contest’s photographic sponsors. Geddit?) and was crowned ‘Miss Helen-E Cosmetics’ (do you see what they did there?) at Wednesday night’s final. The judging panel this year included Danielle Lloyd, who was voted Miss England 2004 before going on to win Miss Great Britain 2006. Although, in what we hope is not an omen for this year’s victor, Lloyd was subsequently stripped of her title after allegations she had been having some special alonetime with judge Teddy Sheringham during the run of the contest (well, not actually during) as well as a result of her posing for Playboy.
Aaanyhoo, as Grazia Daily began to flick through the images of this year’s final, our brow became increasingly furrowed as we spotted a number of what appeared to be home-made showgirl outfits. Was this a regional costume round, we wondered? Like the National Dress round at Miss Universe, only cheaper? And if so, then why is Miss Worcester wearing nothing but seventeen bras?
Charlotte confirmed that these are, in fact, from the ‘eco dress’ round, where the hopeful contestants are asked to display their ecological credentials in a recycled, borrowed or vintage outfit. Charlotte, presumably wary of Julien’s viper tongue, opted for a velvet number and shoes that were owned by her Mum! Bless.
Last year Charlotte made a ‘dress out of Cornish newspapers’, an idea which seems to have been adopted for 2010 by Miss Quinton, Siobhan Brindley-Lewis, who won the segment by rocking this carnival style number (BTW - is that some Grazia we can spy in her headdress?)
Miss Worcester, meanwhile, appears to have ingeniously crafted her dress entirely from the contents of her Nan’s washing line.
And Miss Sunderland, Tamzin Cummings, has created this innn-credible Victorian hooker outfit out of b*witched’s old tour costumes.
So a massive congratulations to this year’s Miss England Jessica Linley and commiserations to Charlotte, though of course she’s still in with a shot of winning Britain’s Next Top Model, which continues it’s reign of insanity on Living next Monday.
- Alex Butt