Stunning South Yorkshire woman Elena Raouna is gearing up for a bright future after winning a nationwide beauty contest.
The size 16 model was named Miss British Beauty Curve – a beauty pageant for the country’s curviest girls at the weekend.
The 22-year-old: “I was overwhelmed. I felt so happy, proud and honoured that the judges voted for me.
“When they announced the winner I was so shocked and surprised – I didn’t expect it and burst into tears.”
Former Campsmount School student Elena, who lives in Norton, beat off a string off contestants from around the country after breezing through a series of catwalk shows and interviews at the final in Surrey.
She hopes her win will make a statement for young girls worried about their size.
Elena said: “I feel I have made my family and friends proud but also myself.
“My confidence has grown over the years and hopefully I can inspire other plus-size girls to be confident in their own skin. I wanted to show you don’t have to be a stick-thin model to take part in a beauty contest.”
Elena, who works at family business Harry’s Fish Bar in Dunsville, landed her place in the finals after being picked out as Miss Doncaster Curve earlier this year.
She triumphed in an online vote against scores of other local girls and was then picked out from a panel of judges to represent the town at the national finals.
As well as her crown and sash, Elena also won a DKNY handbag, jewellery, cash and a photoshoot in Manchester, as well as a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers.
She said: “It is looking to be an exciting year ahead.
“The previous winner who crowned me told me I have a great year ahead of me as so much will come from this achievement. I really am looking forward to what the year has in store.
“I am proud to represent curvy women all over Britain and to prove you don’t need a glamorous job to enter a pageant.”