A pair of friends from Wirral with no experience in beauty pageants have now both won a place in the finals of Mrs and Ms Galaxy UK.
Veterinary colleagues, Katie Mountford from Upton and Ella Pearson from Hoylake, have won the titles of Mrs Galaxy Wirral and Ms Galaxy Wirral after entering the competition during lockdown.
Now the pair will go on to compete in the grand finals in November with women and girls from all over the country.
Katie, who won the title of Mrs Galaxy Wirral said: “We had never done anything like this before, so we decided to do it together and enter in different categories.
“Typically, pageants are quite specific where there is usually an age limit, you can’t be married or have kids and you have to look a certain way.
“Whereas with the Galaxy pageants there are no restrictions, and we liked the ethos that all women are beautiful regardless of if they’ve had kids or are married.”
Ella, who was titled Ms Galaxy Wirral, added: “We’ve worked so hard during lockdown and we haven’t felt very glamorous so we thought it would be a way to motivate ourselves and give ourselves a little bit of excitement.
“We’re both completely new to it so we’re just learning as we go at the moment.”
With social media dominating how a lot of young people view themselves, Katie tells the Globe how her and Ella hope by entering the pageant they can become role models for young girls.
Katie said: “When I…