A BROMSGROVE beauty is in the running to become Miss Worcestershire after making it down to the last 20 in the high profile contest.
And Laura Beth Morgan, who entered the competition after being scouted, is now appealing for the help of Standard readers to help her gain the crown.
Laura was called by the organisers who asked her to enter after they saw her pictures on a talent website.
The 24-year-old from Fairfield, the youngest on the shortlist, works as a production assistant in TV and film, mostly on commercials.
Laura, who went to Stoke Prior First, Aston Fields Middle School and Haybridge High School in Hagley, attended the Stage Door Dance Academy and acted in several pantos with All and Sundry, including one of the top roles – as Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington.
She did have aspirations to be an actress but said she is now enjoying her runner role.
She told The Standard the call inviting her to enter Miss Worcestershire had come ‘out of the blue’.
“If someone would have said to me at the start of the year that I would be in the running for this role, I would have told them they were being ridiculous.
“But now I’m here, it would be nice to win it.”
As part of the competition, Laura will be raising funds for the Miss England charity Beauty with a Purpose.
But, in addition to that, she has also selected a charity much closer to home to fund-raise for.
She wants to collect as much cash as possible for the Primrose Hospice, a charity very close to her heart.
Her granddad Paul Hughes passed away in June this year and the help the hospice gave him, she said, was unbelievable.
“The Primrose helped him and the family tremendously in his last days and I want to raise funds for the charity to say a big thank you.”
Laura also wants to get across an important message about size.
“I want to show people that beauty is not all about being slim.
“I’m a size 12 and I think it is important to get the message across that you don’t have to be a size six to be a model.”
Laura, who helped turn on Bromsgrove’s Christmas lights at the weekend, is planning loads more events to boost her profile and edge her closer to that Miss Worcestershire crown.
And she is hoping Standard readers will help her in her quests.
Visit http://www.missenglandwm.com/worcestershire.html to vote for her in Miss Worcestershire.
Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/lauramorgan7 to donate to her Primrose Hospice collection.
Another project Laura is busy working on is her eco dress which all finalists have to produce as part of the competition.
She will be providing an interesting take on the festive season for that – but is remaining tight-lipped about exactly what she is going to do.
The final of Miss Worcestershire will take place at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester on January 10.
In the meantime, she is urging Standard readers to get voting.