Student from Doncaster could represent Great Britain in Miss Universe beauty contest

Bethan Rees from Doncaster, a Miss Universe contestant
Bethan Rees from Doncaster, a Miss Universe contestant

A pretty student from Doncaster has put herself in the frame to represent Great Britain at the Miss Universe pageant in July.

Bethan Rees, 22, an Interior Architecture and design student will be one of around 40 women taking part in the 2017 Miss Universe Great Britain competition in South Wales.

In the run up she will be tasked with a series of challenges and will be asked to fundraise for Strongbones – a charity which helps children from all over the UK with diseases of the bone. The event will also support survivors of acid attacks in India by supporting the charity Stop Acid Attacks.

The final, from July 13 to 15, will be a three-day event and includes an empowerment day lead by one of the UK’s foremost leadership coaches.

It also includes a celebration dinner with friends and family and a catwalk show before a panel of judges from the beauty and fashion industry. The event is sponsored by Smilize, Giovanni’s Restaurants, Orchira and MaralDress.

Bethan 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.”

The Miss Universe Great Britain contest operates a NOT IN VAIN campaign as part of the competition which acknowledges the efforts and calibre of finalists. In 2017, three awards under the NOT IN VAIN campaign will be presented to finalists.

National director of Miss Universe Great Britain, Paula Abbandonato, said: “Pageantry in the UK is more popular than ever before and we have the most amazing line-up of young women from England, Scotland and Wales vying for the crown this year. It’s going to be an excellent competition and I wish them all the very best of luck.” Around 90 countries take part in the Miss Universe event. Dates and location for 2017 have yet to be announced.