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Gidea Park’s Kirsty Bolt wants to win Miss Great Britain to ‘dispel myths about Essex girls’

PUBLISHED: 17:04 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 21 September 2017

Miss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa Page

Miss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa Page

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A 25-year-old from Gidea Park, who is hoping to become Miss Great Britain next month, has said she wants to win to “dispel the myths about Essex girls”.

Miss Essex Kirsty Bolt, from Gidea Park, who needs your votes to help her become Miss Great Britain. Picture: Kirsty BoltMiss Essex Kirsty Bolt, from Gidea Park, who needs your votes to help her become Miss Great Britain. Picture: Kirsty Bolt

Kirsty Bolt is one of 50 girls who could be crowned the 2017 winner of the famous beauty pageant at The Athena, in Leicester, on September 15.

Kirsty, who is entering as Miss Essex, told the Recorder she wanted to show you “don’t have to be part of Towie to represent Essex”.

“I’m so proud to represent my home town of Romford and also Essex,” she said.

“There’s a bit of a stigma about Essex girls, but I want to show that we’re more than just the TV show, we’re articulate, intelligent and down to earth people.”

Miss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa PageMiss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa Page

And Kirsty, who works as an executive assistant in central London, said she also thinks beauty pageants can be misrepresented.

“One of the reasons why I entered was because there is a bit of stigma around being a pageant girl,” she explained.

“I thought if I entered I could get some publicity and show it is about brains as well as beauty, and highlight the great fundraising we do.

“All the other girls and so smart and intelligent, everyone encourages each other.”

Miss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa PageMiss Essex and Miss Great Britain hopeful Kirsty Bolt at her home in Gidea Park. Picture: Melissa Page

So far Kirsty has raised more than £500 for Leicester Action for Mental Health Project (LAMP) and Make Some Noise, Global Radio’s charity which helps get young people into broadcasting.

She also got to meet world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at an event, and said he was “incredibly down to earth”.

The former clothing model decided to enter Miss Great Britain earlier this year, and after winning Miss Essex in April is up against 49 other girls for the nationwide crown.

After several rounds of competition 15 girls go through to the final, with one of the spots taken by the winner of the public vote.

Miss Essex Kirsty Bolt, from Gidea Park, who needs your votes to help her become Miss Great Britain. Picture: Kirsty BoltMiss Essex Kirsty Bolt, from Gidea Park, who needs your votes to help her become Miss Great Britain. Picture: Kirsty Bolt

And Kirsty issued a shoutout for Recorder readers to vote for her to give her the best chance of winning.

“I’m Romford born and bred, I love the energy and diversity of the area.

“Vote for me and let’s bring the Miss Great Britain crown to Romford.”

You can vote for Kirsty by calling 0907 598 0605 or texting MISSGB (space) 36 to 64343, for more information visit missgreatbritain.co.uk.

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