Miss Cumbria at the Miss England Final
I’m only just getting back into the swing of things after finally catching up on some well needed sleep!
Last week I had the incredible opportunity of going down to Coventry to compete in the Miss England finals, an opportunity that wouldn’t have even existed if it wasn’t for Angie Beasley, Mark Jones, Mary Ainsworth, Linford Dee Martin and Rachael Barker so I would like to thank them first and foremost.
Competing in Miss England was like a dream come true for me and even though I may not have placed I am still incredibly proud to say that I made it to the finals; I was one of the 52 girls that made it out of over 22,000 applications and I consider that a huge accomplishment especially at the age of 17 (which actually made me the youngest in the competition). And although I did not place, I’d like to say say a HUGE congratulations to our new Miss England (who just so happens to be the first ever winner from Team North) Natasha Hemmings!!
Not only did I have the time of my life, but I also met some of the most extraordinary women that this country has to offer and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for sharing this experience with me and making it what it was, particularly my 2 roomies (and also award winners)Larissa Hirst and Briony-mai Reynolds, congratulations to both of you beautiful ladies and I sincerely hope that I do get to see you both again!
Being in the final of Miss England has pushed me far out of my comfort zone and taught/allowed me to do things I never thought I could do including raising over £800 for Beauty with a Purpose, being one of the last 10 standing in the plank-off section of the sports round, standing on stages and talking about my personal experiences and ambitions to huge crowds, creating a James Bond inspired Eco outfit out of recycled materials, and so much more!
However, none of this would’ve been possible without each and every one of you that have supported me by voting, or buying raffle tickets, or just generally being there. So I’d like to say a huge thank you first to Kevin Barker (Nicole) from iDomains for being my sponsor for the competition; to Moira from 1st Impressions on Dalton Road for lending me my “LBD”; to Kylie Hearne from Stardust Boutique for helping me in my crisis of finding my perfect evening gown; to Lizzie Fawcett who helped and coached me through my talent video and Megan Doherty for recording/editing; to all at Team North who have been there every step of the way; to everyone that donated prizes for my charity raffle and also helped to sell the tickets in order for me to raise as much as possible; to Paula Gilmour who much to my relief came through with an auction prize for me to take when my previous donor pulled out Lat minute; to my grandma who was my lifesaver when it came to creating my Eco outfit; to my big sister Shannon-Nicole Smith who despite living thousands of miles away still managed to be with me every step of the way; to my amazing boyfriend Luke Mccracken who stuck by me through my never ending mood swings and constant stressing, and somehow kept me grounded and sane the entire time. And lastly, the biggest thank you yet: my wonderful parents Kim ‘Bobby’ Smithand Iain Sammy Smith who I have undoubtedly driven round the bend and back a million times over! My parents have been my absolute rocks and without them I couldn’t have even contemplated any of this, we’ve had sleepless nights, days of brainstorming, I’ve taken out a fair few loans, they’ve been my chauffeurs, but most importantly they’ve been the friends that are always with me and for that I am eternally grateful ❤️
Now I have 6 months left of my reign to be the best ambassador for Cumbria that I possibly can be, and i promise now that I will stop clogging up your news feeds with everything Miss England related!
Lots of Love
Your Miss Cumbria, Jordan xxx