A Sheffield beauty queen has not let a medical condition get in the way of her dream to become Miss Great Britain.
Jessica Jones, aged 20, was entered into the prestigious contest by her sister as a way of cheering her up while she was suffering from the effects of Crohn’s Disease.
The condition causes inflammation of the digestive system and there is no cure.
Despite her pain and discomfort, Jessica went on to be named Miss Sheffield 2015 and has been invited to compete in the Miss Great Britain final.
The Mosborough woman said: “I have been really poorly and felt really down so my sister Rachel thought that to cheer me up she would enter me in Miss Great Britain.
“I didn’t even know I had entered it but I’m so excited – I’m so happy at the moment.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so I’m nervous but also very excited.”
Jessica, a trained beautician, hopes to study at university to become a nurse. In her spare time she is an extra on TV shows including Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
She said: “The Crohn’s Disease really does effect everything but you just have to believe in yourself, try to keep yourself busy and don’t let it get you down.”
Jessica is hosting a charity raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK on August 14 at Jack in a Box on Silkstone Road, Frecheville.
The Miss Great Britain final is held in September.