Beauty is up for world title

Laura Gregory, who will be travelling to Jordan for the international final of Miss Intercontinental

Laura Gregory, who will be travelling to Jordan for the international final of Miss Intercontinental

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A beauty queen who was crowned Miss Intercontinental is set to go up against women from around the world in a mammoth three-week contest in Jordan.

Laura Gregory, aged 26, from Todwick, will compete against 49 other women to battle for the title of Miss Intercontinental 2014.

The dance teacher will need to complete a talent round, a bikini section and an interview process in a bid to win the international accolade.

She will also need to create a bespoke gown representing England, and is creating a Royal-themed outfit made especially by a designer in Conisbrough.

Laura teaches PE and dance at Wickersley School in Rotherham.

The competition will take place next month - but Laura is likely to be too busy to get butterflies.

She said: “I don’t have time to be nervous to be honest, I am so busy with school and my teaching, and getting my costume, and preparing the choreography for my dance in the talent round.”

She first took part in a beauty contest in 2011 after spotting an advert in The Star.

“I saw an advert for Miss Model Girl Sheffield in the paper and I won it, and ever since then I have had the pageant bug!” she admitted.

The Intercontinental contest will be Laura’s first international pageant after she won the England title at the country-wide finals in Manchester in the summer.

She said: “It was absolutely amazing to win. I was really shocked because, as much as you want to win, you never think that opportunity is actually going to present itself. I had worked really, really hard for it and I just burst into tears.”

As part of the competition she is also taking on a gruelling 100km trek across the Sahara desert to raise money for charity, including Dinnington-based Safe At Last, an organisation which helps young people who have run away from home.

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