Hayley Pashley, aged 18, of Richmond Road in Handsworth, recently won the Miss British Empire South Yorkshire beauty pageant, held at Skellow Social Club.

Hayley Pashley of Handsworth.

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She will now hold this title for the next 12 months and it automatically enters her into the prestigious Miss British Empire competition, which takes place in London at the end of August.

Hayley, who is a full time accountant, said: “I’m really pleased to now hold the title of Miss British Empire South Yorkshire and I can’t wait to represent South Yorkshire in London in August.

“My crown is gorgeous. I am really excited for this pageant.”

The Miss British Empire winner’s prize includes a flight to and from London to Los Angeles, meetings with The Spencer Company a management company in LA, meetings with Network International Model and Talent Agency, Liz Fuller mentor and advice session, meetings with Casting directors and Producers. Beach photo shoot in Malibu, California.

The top five girls will be offered contracts with Paradigm Management in the UK.

There will also be the opportunity to represent Britain at an international pageant, Miss Tourism Planet in Greece, Face of Beauty in Taiwan, or Queen of the Universe in LA.

This year the pageant was open to girls and women aged from four to 30 with three titles being given, Mini Miss British Empire South Yorkshire, Miss Teen British Empire South Yorkshire and Miss British Empire South Yorkshire.

This is the third year Miss British Empire has had regional heats in South Yorkshire and previous regional winner was Charlotte Lister who has gone on to appear in local and national magazines and newspapers.

Contestants who took part in the Miss British Empire South Yorkshire pageant were also helping to raise funds in memory of 17-year-old Hannah Brown, of Hatfield. Following Hannah’s death from cancer a campaign was launched to raise a £50,000 legacy to help others suffering from the disease.

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