SHE is already Hampshire’s catwalk queen.
Grace Levy, 23, represented the county at a prestigious beauty pageant, after wowing judges to win the Miss Hampshire crown last year. And now Grace is set to taste the glitz and glamour of the Miss England final for the second year running, after winning a regional heat in London.
The psychology graduate has become one of the first budding models to make it through to the June showpiece in Torquay, after taking home the Miss Greater London crown.
Titchfield-born Grace’s latest success comes after she moved to the capital city in the autumn to become a teaching assistant at a school for boys with emotional and behavioural disorders.
She hopes to return to her home county in October, to start a teaching qualification at the University of Southampton.
Grace told the Daily Echo: “Obviously Hampshire is my home county so that will always be dear to my heart, but the London competition was a lot bigger and the standard of girls was a lot higher, so I didn’t think I would win. “I’m absolutely over the moon and it will be great to go to Miss England again.
“I haven’t done a lot of modelling for a while so it was lovely to win.
“I’m going to stick to the teaching for now but I want to make the most of the title and the opportunity to get back into modelling.”
Budding young models from across the county can now enter the running for this year’s Miss Hampshire and Isle of Wight contest.
Miss England organisers are now accepting entrants for the 2013 final, which will be held at the Village Hotel, in Farnborough, on Friday, March 8.
The winner of that heat will join Grace in the Miss England final, in Torquay, on June 15 and 16, to compete for the national crown and a place at Miss World 2013.
For details on how to enter the pageant, email firstname.lastname@example.org.