Hornchurch dance instructor in bid to become Miss Swimsuit UK

PUBLISHED: 12:07 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 10 August 2017

Sarah Rich is hoping to wow judges at the Essex heat of this year's Miss Swimsuit UK competition in Chelmsford on Saturday. Picture: Miss Swimsuit UK/ Stacey Clarke

Sarah Rich is hoping to wow judges at the Essex heat of this year's Miss Swimsuit UK competition in Chelmsford on Saturday. Picture: Miss Swimsuit UK/ Stacey Clarke


A dance instructor is hoping her message of body positivity and a healthy lifestyle will help carry her through to the finals of a nationwide beauty contest.

Sarah Rich, a 28-year-old model from Hornchurch, is hoping to make it through to the finals of the Miss Swimsuit UK competition.

The aspiring swimwear model, who is also a tutor at Shine Stage School, will be competing in the competition’s fifth heat on Saturday, August 12, where celebrity judges will include TV personality Calum Best.

And Sarah thinks the competition is a great chance to spread her message of body positivity.

She said: “I think as a woman you always have body confidence issues growing up, especially in the media these days you see celebrities shunned for not looking like a Victoria’s Secret model.

“Growing up I was constantly scrutinised for being underweight and having people constantly remind me how I looked skeletal.

“I know this isn’t the norm when you talk about body shaming but it still put a lot of pressure on me.

“Now I am confident in my own skin and happier and feel healthier.”

So, having competed in a number of non-swimwear based beauty pageants before, how does she maintain her healthy physique?

Sarah has what she describes as “a fabulous” personal trainer – Dalleshi Fitness – at Fitness First Romford in Atlanta Boulevard.

“She’s trained me religiously and provided the help, support and motivation to keep my body looking healthy,” she added.

And when it comes to Saturday’s competition, the dance instructor thinks she has what it takes to go all the way, and perhaps even end up representing Great Britain at international events such as Swimsuit USA in December.

She said: “I think my confidence, dedication and positive attitude will set me apart from the other contestants.

“I’ll keep my fingers crossed but either way I know I’m going to have so much fun on Saturday competing with my fellow contestants.”

The Essex heats are open to the public and will take place at Maisons Bar in Chelmsford from 7.30pm on Saturday to 3am on Sunday. Tickets are £10.

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