A BIOMEDICAL scientist is out to prove her ability away from the laboratory by taking part in Miss Coventry and Warwickshire for the third year running.
Emily Bunce finished just one short of representing the region in the Miss England final last year, and she’s hoping her hard-work and dedication can propel her one place higher in this year’s competition.
The former Miss Nuneaton winner has arranged a number of charity events and will soon be hosting a raffle where the winner will scoop a ‘hamper pamper’ worth £70 – with prizes still to be added.
Emily admitted she entered the competition a little blind, but has since made friends for life and said she hopes to continue her involvement with Miss Coventry and Warwickshire after this year.
She added: “It was quite a strange feeling walking into a world I’d never been part of before.
“In my first year I was crowned Miss Mercia and it felt like all my hard work to create events, outfits, work on my publicity and raise funds for charity was paying off.
“Last year I was automatically entered into the Miss Coventry and Warwickshire pageant because of my hard work and I placed second, it was such a shock.
“Now I’ve got a third chance to become Miss Coventry and Warwickshire and I’d love to go one better.”
The biomedical scientist is hoping to brush away the stereotypes associated with Miss England pageants and scientists too, saying they have talents away from the white coat.
As well as working on her own campaign, Emily is also encouraging girls from across the county to get involved with Miss Coventry and Warwickshire in the future.
She said: “Being in science and taking part in pageants is like having two worlds collide.
“I don’t like that people feel the need to slot into a box and be one type of person all their life.
“Being in science means I’ve had some opportunities some girls haven’t, and at the same time I’ve missed out on some because of work.
“I think my entry has helped people change their perceptions of pageants – not all pageant girls and tall and blonde.”
“Winning would be amazing, I’d love to be able to represent Coventry and Warwickshire on the Miss England stage as the first scientist there.”
Voting for Miss Coventry and Warwickshire opens tomorrow, text MISSCOV04 to 63333 to cast your vote for Emily.