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Beauty title comes naturally to Rosie ; Pageant winner won’t wear ‘Essex girl’ tan or nails
Essex Chronicle February 3, 2011 | Sophia Charalambous NATURAL beauty and Essex are not words that some might consider go together too often – but the winner of a prestigious national beauty pageant is proving it is possible.
Rosie Godfrey-Lockwood, 19, of New London Road, Chelmsford, has never worn foundation, fake tan or nail extensions, and hates the Essex girls stereotype.
The brunette law student, who was crowned Miss Prom Show 2011 at an exhibition at the Brentwood Centre at the weekend, said: “Everyone was so shocked when I told them I don’t own any normal make-up products.
“When I told the judges at the contest that I’ve never worn nail extensions, or put on fake tan, or eyelashes, they couldn’t believe it. web site beauty and essex nyc
Natural look “I don’t really understand why so many people think that wearing make-up makes you beautiful. I much prefer the natural look.
“I think people are more shocked to hear it from me, because of what people’s perceptions of Essex are, but it really isn’t like what people see on TV.” When asked about reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex, which has helped reinforce the negative stereotype, she said: “I think it’s really bad that because of the programme people think that everyone from Essex is like the characters on the show, but Essex isn’t really like that.
“When I’m at university or travelling, people are shocked to hear that you are from Essex because you are not wearing make-up or fake tan.” Rosie also disapproves of the stereotype of Essex girls not having brains.
A former Moulsham High School pupil, Rosie was always focused on education and one day hopes to become a human rights barrister.
She now studies law and French at Surrey University, and is fluent in five languages, including Spanish, French and Mandarin.
Rosie works as a part-time healthcare assistant at the Royal Surrey Hospital, and raises money for pro bono law work.
She beat 20 competitors at The Prom Show 2011 to win her crown.
Initially it was Rosie’s mum Sandra, 44, who entered her into the competition, confident her daughter would win it.
Rosie added: “I thought why no. I saw it as a good opportunity to get my hair done and it seemed quite good fun.” Rosie added: “It was such an amazing experience to win, I never expected it.
“All the girls had done previous pageants and were clearly very strong competition.
“I looked at my parents in the front row and my mum had a tear down her face, and my dad said ‘that’s my daughter right there’. web site beauty and essex nyc
“I love seeing them so proud of me.” Miss World With sights now set on Miss England, the sky’s the limit, and if successful, Rosie could reach the Miss World pageant.
She will compete in the semifinals of Miss England at Champney Springs, near Leicester, on June 13.
Excited about the next stage, Rosie said: “There are so many beautiful and talented people at these pageants. You just don’t know what is going to happen.
“But I think I’ve got a good chance, and this is something that I will keep pursuing alongside my career in the future.” Sophia Charalambous
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