Old bags propel teenager to beauty pageant glory in Sheffield

Georgia Blades-Richardson (fourth from left), in the red-and-white dress made from old Next shopping bags, with other finalists in the Miss Genting Casino beauty pageant
Georgia Blades-Richardson (fourth from left), in the red-and-white dress made from old Next shopping bags, with other finalists in the Miss Genting Casino beauty pageant
0
Have your say

A teenage gymnast wowed judges with a dress made of recycled shopping bags to win a Sheffield beauty pageant.

Georgia Blades-Richardson turned used Next bags into a stunning red-and-white outfit, which helped her claim the title of Miss Genting Sheffield.

Miss Genting Sheffield Georgia Blades-Richardson with fellow finalists in the beauty pageant

Miss Genting Sheffield Georgia Blades-Richardson with fellow finalists in the beauty pageant

The 18-year-old from Nottingham was awarded the crown at the event held in Genting Casino Sheffield, at Arundel Gate, in the city centre, on Thursday (May 4).

She will go on to compete in the Miss England final, due to take place in Birmingham from July 12-14.

Sheffield law student Grace Hardy, aged 19, took second place, and Jen Atkin from Ulceby, in North Lincolnshire, finished third in the contest.

Jen, aged 23, had made national headlines with her dress featuring magazine recipe cuttings for the healthy food which helped her shed an astonishing eight stone over the last two years.

Jen Atkin in her dress embellished with the recipes which helped her shed eight stone

Jen Atkin in her dress embellished with the recipes which helped her shed eight stone

The pageant, featuring eight finalists from across the country, was hosted by reigning Miss England Elizabeth Grant and included music by former Miss South Yorkshire Stephanie Hill, a trainee radiographer.

Contestants competed in rounds including eco fashion, evening wear and a final interview.

Sheffield-based salon Beauty Beneath did the finalists' hair and make-up, and Sheffield's DK Models agency founder Kathy Greetham was one of the judges.

The competition raised more than £500 for Beauty with a Purpose, a youth charity which recently funded a £25,000 sensory room for youngsters with autism and special needs at Landmarks College in Eckington, on the outskirts of Sheffield.

The casino's manager Kath Barton, who was one of the judges, said: "We are delighted Georgia will now represent Genting Sheffield in the Miss England competition and will be invited to special events at the casino."