A Virtual competition has been held over the last 2 months on the Miss England app and website to find more representatives from the North East to participate in the final of Miss England in June.

The top 6 contestants from a public vote on the Miss England App were invited to a final judging session on zoom!

Judges included Julie Salter, Marketing Manager of Flawless Photography and Makeover Studios Ltd, Lisa Powell Miss England Choreographer and NHS Doctor Bhasha Mukherjee who was crowned Miss England in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2019.

The judges chatted to the final 6 North East contestants and asked key questions to help cast their vote.  The judges then viewed the contestants entry videos previously recorded on their phones at home consisting of an introduction, a catwalk and a talent video.

The online event was compered by Phil Green, who commented, “Everyone gave a really interesting interview talking about a variety of topics from anxiety and mental issues to renovating buildings,  the standard was really high”.

Two winners have now been selected. Amber Mae Peters a student who enjoys fine art is the new Miss Sunderland and Shereen Brogan is a Human Rights Paralegal is the new Miss Middlesbrough.

Shereen also won the public vote on the Miss England App and became the top fundraiser for the Miss World Beauty With a Purpose charity after raising £826 . Shereen said   “I feel very excited about winning a place in the Miss England final, my local community means the world to me and to represent Middlesbrough is an absolute privilege. I look forward to using my platform to raise awareness about the issues facing the area. I am so grateful to those who have supported me so far in my Miss England journey and for this opportunity.”

Amber said “I’m beyond excited to be partaking in such a prestigious pageant that does so much to give back, meeting the other girls will be such a plus as forming long lasting friendships with other empowering women is in itself just as inspiring.

Both ladies were invited to Flawless Photography & Makeover studios in Middlesbrough where they received their winning sash & tiara worn in these beautiful images .

Nathan Bryant, Director of The Elite Media Co. said “Having been involved in the compilation videos for the Miss Lincolnshire and Miss Yorkshire competitions recently, it was a privilege to be asked to once again use our talents to aid with the Miss North East Virtual finals .”

All contestants showed were exemplary, and a huge congratulations to Amber and Shereen on progressing through to the Miss England finals in June. For us, it is a true honour to be able to work with the Miss England team to further enhance the popular beauty pageant, and to have the opportunity to aid them in being able to continue to operate throughout the challenges that COVID-19 has thrown at us.”

National organiser of Miss England Angie Beasley said ” Thank you to all the 12 ladies who took part in the North East first Virtual Miss England Contest. It’s been a different way of selecting the winners & I think the contestants have enjoyed the challenge during lockdown. We had to find new ways of doing things since the pandemic began to keep the contest going and I’m looking forward to meeting the girls in person at the final . ”

Shereen & Amber will now join Miss Newcastle Monet Grant also a student who won her title back in 2019 & Miss Durham Olivia Bulmer who qualified during lockdown in 2020 to collectively represent the North East in a Red Carpet style Miss England final on Thursday 24th June at the Heart of England Conference and Event Centre.

44 young ladies from across England will compete and promote their home towns and cities for a place in the 70th Miss World in Puerto Rico Caribbean.

Amber-Mae Peters, 2021 Miss Sunderland Winner
Shereen Brogan, 2021 Miss Middlesbrough Winner
Images provided by Flawless Make Over and Photography Studios, Middlesbrough