Beauty contestants both wanting to win Miss Lincolnshire title

Living in a virtual world has now become a reality for 20 beauty contestants - including two from the Sleaford area.

Miss Lincolnshire hopeful, Megan Sharrock of Sleaford. EMN-210122-123548001

Due to the pandemic, the Miss Lincolnshire final is taking place online, with 22-year-olds Laura Baker and Megan Sharrock among nine hopefuls in the running.

With the winners of each county contest qualifying for the Miss England finals later in the year, leading onto Miss World, there is still all to play for. Each of the contestants has been asked to film and submit videos of themselves, giving an introduction and discussing interesting facts about themselves, wear their favourite dress or evening gown on a virtual catwalk and finally present a talent or talk about fundraising.

The videos are being studied by a panel of judges, including current Miss England, Dr Bhasha Mukherjee - who works at Boston Pilgrim Hospital. This will be followed by an interview on Zoom.

Miss Lincolnshire hopeful Laura baker of Sleaford. EMN-210125-143810001

There is also a title of Miss Popularity being awarded to the contestants in each county receiving the most public votes via a phone app. The app can be downloaded at “missengland.info”.

Winners are expected to be announced at the end of the live interviews in early February.

Laura Baker has a degree in Education and said: “I currently specialise in early years, working in a nursery.

“Alongside this I collaborate with a variety of brands on Instagram (clothing, jewellery, etc). I have also had some experience working in the modelling industry, working on shoots.”

Former St George’s Academy student Megan Sharrock is back at home due to the pandemic, usually working as a ‘redcoat’ entertainer for Butlins in Bognor Regis which has seen her alongside well known faces such as Stephen Mulhern, Dick and Dom and Tinchy Stryder.

To raise funds for the Miss World charity, Beauty With A Purpose, she completed a covid-friendly stair climb equal to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which has the most stairs in the world.

Megan has also been delivering shopping and medical supplies for the vulnerable.

She has also gained 30,000 followers on Tik Tok, explaining: “My videos help young LGBTQ people struggling with coming out and also promote a positive mental environment.”

She added: “I also started an online event for a Romanian dog charity which is very close to my heart as I have two rescue dogs myself from Romania.”

She hopes to raise awareness for her good causes if she wins the Miss England title.