Fashion designer April Banbury is in the running to represent Great Britain at Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant.
April, of Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead, will be one of around 40 women to compete at Miss Universe Great Britain 2015 in Cardiff this June.
In the run up to the contest she will be tasked with a series of challenges and fundraising for Strongbones - a charity that helps children from all over the UK with diseases of the bone.
The final will be a three day event and includes an empowerment day led by one of the UK’s foremost leadership coaches, a celebration dinner and a catwalk show before a panel of judges from the beauty and fashion industry.
April said: “I am really excited to have been chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain this year and will be doing all that I can in the next few months to prepare,
“Miss Universe is one of the biggest pageants in the world and I think it’s going to be a huge adventure as well as a lot of fun.”
In November last year, April claimed second place in the Miss Great Britain finals while wearing one of her own handmade dresses.
She had returned to the pageant arena after taking time from the catwalk to focus on her fashion label.
The Miss Universe Great Britain operates a Not In Vain campaign as part of the competition which acknowledges the efforts and calibre of finalists.
Three awards under the category will be presented to finalists - an award for the finalist who raises the most for charity through the experience presented by Strongbones, an award for the most inspiring finalist who shows dedication to empowering young women presented by the Miss Universe Great Britain national director, and a Miss Universe Great Britain business bursary offering high-level business coaching by Elsby & Co Chartered Accountants in Northamptonshire to a finalist who is either in or entering the world of business.
As well as getting the opportunity to represent the UK for around three weeks at an exotic overseas location later this year at Miss Universe, the winner of Miss Universe Great Britain will receive an extensive prize package including a wardrobe of designer cocktail and evening wear from MacDuggal, pearl jewellery from Orchira, swimwear from Sandstorm and a series of international travel opportunities including a holiday in Bali.
You can support April by voting for her:
WRITE: GB April AND SEND IT TO: 64343
(Votes cost £1 plus the standard network charge)
Follow her journey as a Miss Universe finalist via Twitter: @aprilbanbury, Facebook: April Banbury For Miss Universe GB 2015.