A dental surgeon from Manchester is in the running to become the first black woman to contend for the Miss Universe title.
Zara Nortley, 26, is one of 40 women taking part in Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant.
The final of annual contest this year takes place in Cardiff in June where the three-day event includes an empowerment day lead by one of the UK’s foremost leadership coaches; a celebration dinner with friends and family; and a catwalk show before a panel of judges from the beauty and fashion industry.
In the run up to the final, Zara will be tasked with a series of challenges and fundraising for Strongbones – a charity which helps children from all over the UK with diseases of the bone.
Zara says, “Winning Miss Universe Great Britain this year would prove that traditional attitudes to beauty are finally changing in the UK, and I 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.”