A BEAUTY queen inspired others to find their inner confidence at her own pageant.
Hannah Hunter, 22, found the strength to beat school bullies after she took her chance to shine in a contest. She organised the Miss Crown and Glory contest in Chester as a way to empower other women.
“I cried because I just got so emotional,” said the current Miss Community UK from Gwernaffield, near Mold.
“Nineteen girls took part and only two or three had ever done a pageant before. They all just looked so good walking out.
“They’ve all gone away with so much more than they came with.
“One girl had no confidence at all and was so scared of being bullied she was crying.
“But now she wants to do more,” said Hannah, who has a degree in equine science.
“It felt really good to hear they enjoyed themselves and had taken a lot of confidence and self-esteem from it.”
The event raised £5,250 for nominated charity the Hospice of the Good Shepherd at Backford which serves Chester, Deeside and Ellesmere Port communities.
“I am over the moon with how much we raised for the hospice but it isn’t really a selfless thing to do because you feel so good at the end of all the hard work,” said Hannah.
The night was hosted by Miss T.E.E.N Wales, Victoria Tooby, and Chris Caroe.
Judging were Coronation Street star Ian Puleston Davies, ex-Miss Wales Caroline Tooby and former Miss Wales and Miss Swansea, Portia Victoria, who represented North Wales at the Miss European contest in Portugal.
Nicola Davies, 21, of Oswestry was named Miss Crown and Glory and also won the charity title for raising more than £1,000 for the hospice.
Whitney Bridges, 15, of Queensferry was a runner-up and Little Miss Charity, while Little Miss Crown and Glory went to Tia Woodall, nine from Lincolnshire.