A young doctor with no pageant experience has won a record number of votes for the Miss England final.
Saskia Fauguel, 27, from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, received a whopping 27,000 votes in the qualifying round and will compete in the final round of the famous competition in June this year.
Last year, Saskia lost four stones, plunged from 14 to just over 10 after swapping takeaways and sweet treats for healthy food, and says she enjoyed a “ confidence boost ” as a result of her weight loss.
She admitted that she ‘never dreamed’ of running in an election, but when she saw the opportunity to enter the competition through the wildcard category, she decided to take the plunge and apply .
Saskia Fauguel, 27, from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, has drawn a record number of votes for the Miss England final
The young doctor says she ‘never dreamed’ of running in a pageant, but when she saw the opportunity to enter the competition, she decided to take the plunge and apply
“I was aware of parades when I was younger, but I never dreamed of being one myself,” Saskia said. ‘Until now I never had the confidence to go for it, and I concentrated on becoming a doctor.
“Some of the girls will be models and very experienced in parades, which is the opposite of me, but I don’t mind being an underdog, I’m just really excited.”
Last November, Saskia embarked on her weight loss journey after discovering she had high blood sugar.
She ditched her usual candy and chocolate snacks and limited how often she indulged in takeaways, claiming that she’s feeling better than ever as a result of her new, healthier lifestyle.
Last year, Saskia lost four stones, plummeting from 14 to just over 10 after swapping takeaways and sweet treats for healthy eating
To enter the competition, the physician assistant submitted images and videos of himself for the judges to review before being admitted to the wildcard qualifier.
Saskia, who is currently going through the six-year process to become a psychiatrist, received more votes than anyone in Miss England history after appearing on a voting app with other contestants.
The judges were so impressed with Saskia that she let her appear in the final without an interview.
Earlier this month, the doctor took over Instagram where she admitted that she was “shocked” by the support she had garnered and said she wanted to set an example that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”
To enter the competition, the physician assistant has submitted images and videos of herself for the judges to review before being admitted to the wildcard qualification
Saskia, who is currently undergoing the six-year process to become a psychiatrist, received more votes than anyone in Miss England history
She wrote: ‘I make sure that everyone has their own unique inner and outer beauty. Loving themselves to every measure while trying to be their healthiest – recently lost 4 stones now, and not because I hated my body, but because I started to love it and take better care of it.
‘I am an NHS physician specializing in psychiatry as mental and physical health is my passion.
‘I am very passionate and put my utmost in everything I do. I would do my very best for Miss England to promote charity, including the spirit that I believe is doing a great job.
‘I would advocate for those who have mental problems, as I experienced first hand. I’m just an ordinary person, I don’t wear much makeup, I spend the most [of] my time with my animals and family or work.
The judges were so impressed with the young doctor that she let her appear at the finale without an interview
“I want to show that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, that no matter how difficult life is, follow your dreams.”
Miss England is one of the world’s most famous beauty pageants, dating back to 1923.
The winners will continue in Miss World and Stephanie Hill had the best result ever as second runner-up in 2017.
This year’s pandemic brought in a virtual contest guarantee awarding Finalist of the Year to Army Cadet Alina Green, 22, of Bracknell, Berkshire, who will make it to the top 10 of the 2021 Miss England finals.