Cedars help Rachel with bid for Miss England crown

Rachel with winner Emily Wong
Rachel with winner Emily Wong

A beauty contest finalist returned to her old school in Linslade as part of her bid to take the Miss England 2015 crown.

Rachel Pitman, 21, won Miss Buckinghamshire in May and has enlisted the help of Cedars Upper School ahead of the national finals.

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The marketing student, who lives in Wingrave, set up a competition for pupils to design an eco outfit as there is an eco dress round during the Miss England final being held at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry on August 13-14.

Rachel, who is currently studying a course in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing at the University of Reading, said: “I thought turning to my old school would be a great way to give something back to the people that taught me so much, whilst also inspiring other young students.

“I set the task of designing the eco outfit to the brief of a James Bond theme. Myself and the textiles teacher then sat down and picked the top six designs.

“After this we arranged a short interview with the finalists to find out more about them as a person and what inspired their design. This was to reinforce Miss England’s charity culture of ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ that beauty is not only found in the way that something looks but also in its purpose and story.”

Miss Buckinghamshire at Cedars

Miss Buckinghamshire at Cedars

Each finalist received a rose and certificate before 15-year-old Emily Wong was announced as the winner.

Rachel said: “We will be turning her design into reality for the Miss England Stage at Ricoh Arena this August. It was amazing seeing her face light up.”

For more about Miss England and how to vote for Rachel ahead of the final see http://www.missengland.info/finalists-2015