Great Britain

Junior doctor eyes Miss England win for 'Glamorous Grandma'

A RECORD breaking junior doctor, who works at Bradford Royal Infirmary and inspired by her Glamorous Grandma's success, is hoping to win a place in the Miss England final.

Saskia Faugel, a 25-year-old NHS junior doctor who works at BRI, received over 27,000 votes on the Miss England App.

This is the most votes any one person has received since the contest went digital and launched its App last November.

"I'm still in shock," said Saskia, from Todmorden. "It's overwhelming how many votes I got. It's something I've wanted to do for years but never had the confidence to do so."

Saskia also said that she was inspired by her grandmother, who is interested in fashion and won a Glamorous Grandma competition 20 to 30 years ago.

Her grandmother, Eileen Ganson, 92, has moderate dementia and lives at home. Saskia helps care for her.

"I'm hoping if I win this competition it's something that my grandma and I could bond over."

She also hopes that by entering Miss England she can raise awareness about dementia, as Saskia says psychiatry, and particularly the mental health of older people, is a field of medicine she is interested in.

Saskia, who has worked in the psychiatry, ENT (ear, nose and throat) and A&E (accident and emergency) departments at BRI, is also hoping to take a sabbatical and travel to Ottawa in Canada to gain medical experience over there.

The Miss England contest usually holds live heats across the country, but due to the venues being closed and the pandemic during the last year the contest went digital.

Twenty women from across the country competed in Saskia's heat during March and April.

The contestants were invited to submit images and three videos of themselves, an introduction, a catwalk and a talent video for the judges lasting around a minute long.

Usually, contestants who reach the top six in the public vote on the app go forward to a Zoom interview, but judges are already so impressed with Saskia's achievements and her work as a doctor and carer for her 92-year-old grandma, who suffers with Alzheimer's Disease, they have now offered Saskia a place in the Miss England national final.

With Covid restrictions easing, Saskia had a photoshoot and makeover at Flawless Photography Studios in Leeds last week.

The Miss England national final takes place on June 24 at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre Coventry.

Forty-four women from across England will compete for the Miss England crown and a place in the 70th Miss World, which this year will take place in Puerto Rico.

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