Kettering based Stephanie Smith has been selected to take part in the first ever Ms Great Britain competition. She is delighted to be representing the East Midlands region in this new event for more mature ladies.
Stephanie has now established herself as a beauty pageant veteran. In 2017 she entered Miss England and was Miss Northamptonshire Charity Winner. Then in 2018, Stephanie won Miss Northamptonshire for Miss Great Britain finishing second in the Public Vote by a mere 63 votes. Now she is looking forward to empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes in Ms Great Britain in February of next year where she also expects to make lots of new friends.
Stephanie is looking forward to adding to the £15,000 that she has already raised for various charities. Ms Great Britain will be supporting Cancer Research UK and Alex’s Wish and Stephanie hopes to boost their efforts too.
Cancer is a blight on modern lives; a cruel disease which robs us of family and friends, often in the prime of their lives. Stephanie lost her own father to cancer in 2016, so this cause is especially dear to her heart. The charity funds the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, supports over 200 clinical trials and studies cancer and cancer risk in over a million people in the UK.
Alex’s Wish is a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born and results in progressive muscle wasting. Every single muscle is destroyed due to a lack of protein. It also affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too.
Stephanie’s story is remarkable given that was badly injured in a car accident in 2011 and has had to endure 26 hospital procedures since then. She also suffers with fibromyalgia. Stephanie still manages to campaign actively for a reduction in the age for smear tests. She was recently interviewed by Helen Blaby on Radio Northampton and highlighted the importance of adult women attending smear test appointments throughout their adult lives.
Stephanie has just taken part in a music video for musician Kupid’s new song Diamond that was released earlier this month and just this week, has been strutting her stuff on the catwalk as a plussize model for House of Ikons at London’s Fashion Week. Stephanie modelled for NHN Couture, Rubina Kapoor and EndoWallks.
Even though Stephanie has endured a series of personal and health challenges she retains a heartwarming positive outlook on life. She wants to show that being a larger size or disabled need not be barriers to success. Stephanie is keen to remind everyone that 20th Century icon Marylin Monroe was a size 16 and that didn’t hamper her progress to stardom. Stephanie’s fundraising page is at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieSmith36