A FORMER Miss England finalist who was badly bullied is hoping to inspire confidence in others by being crowned Miss Coventry and Warwickshire.
Gymnastics coach and cheerleader Natalie Nason started taking part in beauty competitions more than a year ago to boost her confidence. She had been bullied at school for having a facial growth, which she has since had removed after being warned it could be cancerous.
The 22-year-old has an illustrious career in beauty pageants, being previously named Miss Rugby, placing highly in the Miss England competition last year, and being the current Miss Leamington.
But she hopes to win the regional competition and continue to defy those who picked on her in school.
Former North Leamington School pupil Natalie told the Observer: “This is my second year in the Miss England organisation and it is really helping to build my confidence.
“I want to give something back and I really hope to help people with depression and bullying. They are such horrible things to go through and if I can help someone stand up for themselves and not let bullies get to them then that is the best reward I could wish for. I want to be able to inspire people.”
And Natalie is not the only award-winning beauty in her family.
Mum Andrea was named Leamington Carnival Queen some 30 years ago and Natalie’s fiance Tom Bradshaw is the current Mr Coventy.
Natalie said: “Myself and Tom were the first ever engaged couple to make it to the Mr and Miss England finals. Doing this experience with him has been really enjoyable because he can understand how busy it can be, from making appearances to raising money for charity.”
To help on her mission to be crowned Miss Coventry and Warwickshire at the finals on Saturday March 26, Natalie is looking for businesses to sponsor her and donate raffle prizes for charity.
Email Mrmisscovrugby@hotmail.com to find out more.