An amateur model who thought she would chance her arm at Miss Universe GB has made it through to the final.
Self-employed nutritionist Ella Davison spends most of her time telling clients from west London and beyond about the right sort of foods to eat.
But in her spare time, the 24-year-old from Fulham models and has now unexpectedly found herself shortlisted as one of the 35 finalists of this year’s competition.
She said: “I’ve been modelling since I was 14 but this is my first beauty pageant. I’ve never done one before and it's a bit scary.
“I saw the application and thought I would give it a go because I’ve always wanted to get into pageantry."
Following an interview in October she was stunned to learn she would be contesting the final in Cardiff on June 27. The winner will head to the international competition in America.
She said: “I think it’s quite unusual for me to get picked because I’ve never done pageantry before. But I think it’s amazing and I’m very excited.”
Miss Davison, who moved to Fulham 18 months ago is now getting ready for the GB final, which will include swim wear, evening wear and interviews and questions.
She also said she’s working her brain as well as her body: “I’m going to give it my all. I’m going to the gym and studying previous pageants to see how they walk and everything like that.”
As part of the competition, contestants have to raise money for the Strongbones Charity. Miss Davison will do this by abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit the London Olympic Stadium on May 15.
A public vote is also taking place ahead of national finals, which will give contestants a head start before they face judges, and help in the event of a tie-break.
To sponsor the abseil go to www.justgiving.com/ella-davison-abseil.
To vote for her text GB ELLA to 64343. Texts cost £1 per standard network charge.