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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Leena Kharbanda


I graduated from Kings College London with a degree in geography and politics. As part of my degree I travelled to the backwaters of India and researched how the villagers lived sustainably. It was a truly great experience. I thoroughly enjoy travelling and learning about differing cultures that make up our world today. Another big passion of mine is cooking and so at the age of 22 I made use of my entrepreneurial skills to launch a well-known cupcake shop. It is with drive and determination and a love of meeting new people that has allowed it to be successful for the past three years!! Currently, I'm in the midst of writing my own cookbook! My interests include perfecting my French speaking skills, keeping up to date with world political issues, practicing bikram yoga and kayaking in the Caribbean! In the future my career ambition is to be a successful communicator and positively help others. From a young age, integrity, compassion and caring for others are family values that have been instilled in me. I consider myself to be a friendly, hard working and a confident women, and it is with this mind set that I have decided to take part in miss universe GB. I believe I have the capacity and innate desire to do more in helping others and over the next few months I look forward to raising money for The Joshua foundation and helping those young terminally ill children


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Daljit Kaur


I was raised by a very entrepreneurial family and have also gained a lot of knowledege about the world of commerce thanks to my business degree at the University Of Hertfordshire. One of the reasons for this choice of career is because it holds many possibilities for the future. I have taken time outside my degree to pursue my dreams of becoming a model and have been lucky enough to be a part of the pageant industry. I have really enjoyed my journey into Miss Universe GB so far! I have a strong belief in charitable giving and like to be able to make a difference in peoples lives, especially to those that are less fortunate. I have used this opportunity to help raise money and awareness for several charities by holding many different events. I am a very honest and loving person with many ambitions in life and will continue to work hard to drive to succeed them. It would truly be an honour to be able to represent Great Britain in Miss Universe and to be able to do my country proud. I look forward to the event in May and to meeting all those inspirational people


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Anna Hansen


My name is Anna Hansen, I am currently a student at Heriot Watt University studying property development and planning. When I finish my course, I aspire to own my own property business in Edinburgh. I am actively involved in charity fundraising and giving to people who need it most. I travelled to South Africa in 2009 for a month to work in an orphanage and a drop-in centre, I have also organised charity events in aid of Action Cancer and CMS while in my role as a sunday school teacher in my local church. I used to swim for my country when I was at school. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, who are very close and supportive of each other. I also spend time with my friends and of course like most girls, I love shopping! (maybe a bit too much!) I would describe myself as fun, loving, passionate, confident and outgoing! I love to meet new people and learn from them, which is why I am looking forward to meeting all the girls in the competition and in the run up to Miss Universe Great Britain.

Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Elizabeth Greenham


For the past three years I have been hard at work on a degree in Mathemarics! However, this April, my studies will be over and my main focus is MISS UNIVERSE GB and I could not be more excited! Alongside my passion for pageantry, I am a keen dancer and I train in a variety of styles from ballet and tap, to popping and commercial street! I am also a budding violinist, and regularly rehearse with an orchestra and a band. Supporting me in all I do is my fabulous family who go to any lengths to make sure they experience every new adventure with me! My dad is Indian/Portuguese and my mum originates from England, and living in the culturally diverse society that is Britain, I would like to think of myself as a perfect representative for the entire population. This, along with my zest for life and terrible shoe habit has enabled me to feel right at home within the pageant industry and I intend to stick around. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have been presented with some amazing opportunities in my life, however none of these would be meaningful if I hadn't have been surrounded by my irreplaceable friends and I am sure they will be with me every step of the way!


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Kirsty Grace


Every great oak was once just a little nut who held it's ground! - That's my motto! My name is Kirsty Grace, I'm 21 and I'm an actress from Manchester. I’m a strong believer in following your goals in life no matter what they are and I’d like to inspire others to think the same. People who know me well will probably confirm my outspoken character and know I like to share my philosophical ideas on the subject! I’ve recently started TV work and due to start filming on a feature film later this year with lost of fight scenes and weaponry training involved! I do Martial Arts and especially like Krav Maga (Girl Power!!). I’ve done stunt shows with horses – there is nothing better than seeing a young inexperienced horse grow to gain a trust with you as the rider. I'm currently setting up my own business and when I'm not working, I'm working out. I’m a qualified PT and Nutritionist so I'm my own trainer in the gym! I think it's so important to be yourself and see the funny side of life - That's why I'm always smiling! There’s a whole world of interesting people and opportunity out there and we will see them all if we just open our eyes... I'm extremely proud to be in Miss Universe GB and I'm very much looking forward to the final.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Lisa Fry


Hi, my name is Lisa. I’m 21-years old and I live in East-London with my partner who I’ve been with for three years. I’m proud to say that I have an edgy look and tattoos - which doesn’t make me more or less beautiful than the other girls - but I’m confident that I bring a uniqueness to this competition. I’ve been a model for the past five years. I love modelling but I also have a huge passion for animals. Over the past year I have saved enough money to enable me to do something I’ve always wanted to do. In the summer I’ll be volunteering in South Africa at an animal sanctuary belonging to the Kruger National Park. I want to represent Great Britain in the Miss Universe competition because my goals are to really make a change and winning this competition would give me a public voice and put me in a position from which these goals can realistically be achieved. I am a confident independent woman and I have the drive and ambition it takes to be a true Miss Universe.'


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Sarah Finlay


I am proud to be in the finals of Miss Universe GB and would be both humbled and delighted to represent Great Britain in the international final of Miss Universe. I believe this is the greatest country in the world in which to live and I would passionately fly the flag for it. I am a businesswoman with my own chocolate company, Miss Coco, and I have just won a top BT award for being the most visionary new young entrepreneur in Scotland. I am backed by the Prince Scottish Youth Business Trust and have spent the last year building up my company from scratch. I have a small factory where I create and produce about 20 different lines which I market and distribute myself - with the help of the Miss Coco girls - my friends from the modelling business. I have been shortlisted for a Young Scot of the Year award. I am an honours geography graduate and when I’m not making chocolate I love horseriding and diving. I am a country girl at heart and there’s nothing I like better than walking my dogs over the hills, Thistle, my Springer spaniel and Scout, an incredibly cowardly Great Dane. Scooby Doo look out.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Kiera Anne Donnelly


I am an outgoing, creative and driven individual, who enjoys the challenges that life throws at me! (If it were straightforward it wouldn’t be very interesting would it?!) I enjoy singing, dancing and generally entertaining an audience. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new cultures and the traditions that accompany them. One of my favourite pastimes is spending time with my family, who I am very humbled by and value the importance of their role within my life. It is important to have strong figures surrounding you and guiding you forwards and it is these people that help to mould you into the person whom you wish to become. Since obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre from Buckinghamshire New University, I have been competing and performing both locally and nationally in numerous singing and dancing events. I have a constant desire to learn and develop, not only in terms of attaining knowledge through study, but also through life experience. It is this notion that has fuelled my desire to become a primary school teacher; a position in society which is one of the most influential upon our future generations. I hope that with my enthusiasm for personal development that I can bring something interesting and engaging to the classroom. It is also for this reason that I am most excited about the prospect of obtaining the title of Miss Universe; the hope that such a position will allow me to broaden the scale of people who I can reach with.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Natasha Crook


I grew up in Cobham in Surrey with my father and brother. I was very lucky to receive a great education, which led to me achieving an all rounder scholarship to my secondary school where I left with three A-levels. For me, sport and performing arts were a huge part of my school life and at the age of 15 I became a national champion of butterfly. Singing and music in particular is a huge passion of mine and it led me on to study at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) where I completed a degree in Professional musicianship specialising in singing. At the same time, I also worked as a session artist for a selection of BMG producers. My first major job after leaving BIMM was working for a music website where I was literally thrown into the deep end and asked to interview A list artists such as Craig David, WetWetWet, Boyz 11 Men and many more. This sparked a huge passion in me for presenting and has been there ever since as I now work as a full-time website presenter and model. My real dream is to work as a travel presenter as I love to experience different cultures, food and wine. My mother nworks as cabin crew for British airways and as a child I was able to travel with her all around the world. I am incredibly focused and determined to win Miss Universe GB and I feel it is a fantastic opportunity. I am grateful and honored to be a part of it.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Rosie Colicci


I have always thought myself to be a very ambitious and determined girl. However, that can sometimes mean I’m overly ambitious and have my head in the clouds! As true as that may be, I am very proud to have already set up two businesses: one challenging but successful and the other in the process of opening. This has come from my early working life with the family mobile events catering business, which taught me how to obtain and maintain business, clients and the general obstacles in business. As time consuming and challenging that these projects may be, I have always found time to pursue my hobbies - ironically these days they coincide with business. In the past three years, I have obtained qualifications in make up artistry, session hair stylist, beauty therapy, and nutrition all of which I enjoy immensely. I am an avid dancer and spent my teenage years learning disco, street, popping, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop. Unfortunately, life took me down different avenues and lost sight of my dream of becoming a professional dancer. It remains, however, my main passion in life and still captures my imagination. It is my ambition to get more involved in the charity and help as much as possible.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Laura Coleman


Hello, my name is Laura, I'm 25 years old and I'm from Leicestershire. I'm a bright, bubbly, ambitious, outgoing and loving girl who is always working hard and loves all aspects of life. I believe in seizing all of your opportunities, I love to experience new countries, meet new people, and try different things. I've been a model since the age of 15 and I also went on to gain a BAhons degree in Business and Marketing, where afterwards I pursued my career and also went on to travel the world with my work. I love to travel and have been to many different countries where I have gained valuable life experiences. I have carried out various types of charity work, including visiting an orphanage in South Africa, which really pulled at the heart-strings. I have also trained as a TV presenter, and my hobbies include singing, dancing, horse polo, cooking and tennis. I love keeping healthy by eating well and going to the gym, I believe that a healthy body keeps a healthy mind. I'm lucky that I have a flexible lifestyle, with working freelance I have no ties and therefore would be able to dedicate my time to the MUGB role. I would love to be Miss Universe GB as I would love to do GB proud by representing our country in the Miss Universe competition as well as continuing with my charity work and travels.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Madeleine Caceres


I am very determined, dedicated and ambitious, I love being active and keeping busy with new and interesting projects. I enjoy playing football, volleyball, swimming and running. I also love performing, modelling and I am very passionate about the world of entertainment. Being a casting director assistant and really enjoying being part of production in film, tv and documentaries has given me my future goal which is to have my own film and production company not only in the UK, USA but also in Latin America. Having a Bolivian heritage and being fluent in Spanish, English and partial Portuguese and Italian I hope will help me to triumph anywhere in the world! I am proud to have finished my studies with 12 GCSE’s A*-C, 3 A-Levels , 1 AS-Level and a BA Degree in Media Production. I believe this world has a lot to offer and that’s why I take every opportunity and convert them into something productive, making sure my experiences are unique and unforgettable. This is why I am taking part in MISS UNIVERSE GB. I am ready to become an ambassador and take the responsibility of representing GREAT BRITAIN because I know I can be a role model for my nation.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Shanna Bukhari


I am 24 and from Manchester and have studied English Literature BA hons. From a young age, I have been taught by my family how to make the best of life. This teaching is a blessing and I would like to use what they have taught me to help others in this world. I am a well-rounded candidate with the right qualities to strive to support good causes through which I in turn would hope to gain valuable experiences. I have had a great number of experiences in campaigning for the Pakistan flood appeals to help the thousands of victims that were hit by the worse rainfall in 80 years. Thousands lost their lives and millions more were affected - and my aim was to help raise as much as charity to help rebuild homes, help provide aids in the form of food and shelter. Helping people in need is something I have always been passionate about and I believe that this is a gift I am given from God. It is something I thoroughly enjoy and makes me feel happy knowing I am helping those in need. I look for bigger and better changes and I plan to deliver bigger and better results in what I do. I am very committed and passionate about making a difference.

Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Siobhan Brindley


I have had many opportunities over the past few years, which have been exciting, challenging and rewarding I achieved a degree in Beauty and Spa Services at the University of Buxton, and am currently at college, studying fulltime, to complete a Level 3 course to qualify as a Personal Trainer. I am an ambitious, determined, motivated, strong and loving young woman, with an outgoing personality. My hobbies include, training in the gym, dancing, travel, as well as making and decorating cakes. I have a creative and artistic mind and love to learn and explore new things in life. I believe these qualities enable me to develop good friendships with people I meet, and I have used my skills to successfully raise money for various charities over the past few years. Last summer, I made history by being the first profoundly deaf woman to win a place in the finals of the Miss England beauty contest, and achieved a place in the final 20, after being awarded the title of Miss Eco 2010. The BBC programme See Hear, featured this, which was a very exciting honour. I have never let my hearing impairment prevent me from setting and fulfilling personal goals and I believe my outlook on life has helped me put number of achievements under my belt, of which I am extremely proud. I am very grateful for the support my friends and family have given me throughout my life and truly believe that we can only give away to others what we have inside ourselves. To have been selected to be in the final for Miss Universe GB 2011 is a great honour and is an amazing opportunity for me to fulfil many more dreams and aspirations.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Emma Blythe


From a young age I’ve always taken part in sport and thrive on all that’s involved with it – team work/ competition/ fitness and energy. I studied sport at college and completed my degree in this subject at university - as well as my studies I took part in a variety of events from The Special Olympics to Coaching football in California. After studying and growing out of recreational sports I decided to compete in another passion of mine fashion and beauty and most importantly competition within pageants. I’m currently employed as an events manager for the most exclusive London venues, as I work for a London based company but live in Glasgow, I’m used to travelling a lot and alone, socialising and building rapport with business associates and clients, I have a friendly nature and can adapt to any situation. Together with my passion for fashion and beauty, I believe the experience I have from international and regional competitions will fair me well for being your ambassador for the Miss Universe GB.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Amy Bedward


I am Amy Bedward. I am described as a sweet natured, ambitious, humble and outgoing girl with a big heart who believes that all dreams are possible if you put your mind to it. I’m an avid traveler. I’m always trying new things as to me my experiences are my wealth and I intend to gain as much as possible while I still can. I find comfort in working for charity and causes, which is why I’m currently away for a month participating in the Red Cross Disaster Services in North Eastern Japan. In future I plan to be a successful philanthropist and entrepreneur. I’m currently starting my own business backed by the Bright Ideas Trust charity. Being chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain 2011, I cannot express how extremely honored and excited I am. Even though I have traveled to many places around the world, I feel strongly that Great Britain is a truly dynamic and an extraordinary nation. It is a fantastic place to live with so much character and tradition and I am extremely proud that it is my home and if being blessed to be given the chance to be an ambassador I will work hard to not fail in doing this country proud at Miss Universe.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

Latest photos of Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Winners

Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011 is Shamcey Supsup. She will represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2011. Binibining Pilipinas International 2011 is Dianne Necio. She will represent the Philippines in Miss International 2011. Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2011 is Isabella Manjon. She will represent the Philippines in Miss Tourism Queen Interntanal 2011.




Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011 is Shamcey Supsup


Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011 is Shamcey Supsup


Binibining Pilipinas International 2011 is Dianne Necio


Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2011 is Isabella Manjon (R)

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MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Jennifer-Ellen Batson


I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity of competing for the Miss Universe GB 2011 title! This will be my first ever competition! After secondary school, I achieved my National Diploma in Fine Art followed by my bachelor degree in Fine Art Printmaking at The University of Brighton. I became a volunteer in Tanzania during my summer holidays where I raised money and helped build a school for the under privileged local children of Rau. I have three jobs to pay the bills. I currently work as a Land Referencer where I studied and gained a Certificate in Land Law and will soon be training as a croupier. I also do promotional work and work in a pub. As a dyslexia sufferer I have had to overcome this disability, which has been hard and would love to show people that anyone can achieve anything no matter what their disability is. I am a happy, outgoing, giving person and love sporting activities. I also find time to run to raise money for many charities and I train in Muay Thai. I think every woman should learn a mixed martial art for self-defence. I stand for the ‘today’ woman: independent and hard working.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Jenna Avent


My greatest passions in life are food, modelling and travelling. I am a passionate foodie and during the last two years, I have combined professional modelling both with giving nutritional advice to models as well as working part time for the food ethics council; an NGO which campaigns for a better, fairer food system for everyone. I have also indulged my passion for travel through modelling, with agencies representing me in both Morocco and Hong Kong. I would love to compete in Miss Universe because of the opportunity to support The Joshua Foundation. Before modelling, I worked for two years in the health sector, conducting market research for new cancer drugs. Ever since, I have remained interested in supporting cancer-related causes, including modelling at the cancer research UK fashion show and organising fundraising coffee and cake mornings. Outside modelling, I am a trained dental nurse and hold an undergraduate degree in human biology. I am also a keen skier and snowboarder, and love to play team sports with friends. I also love cats, and when they aren’t causing mischief, I enjoy snuggling up to my two cats on the sofa to unwind at the end of the day.

Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Laura Ashfield


My name is Laura Ashfield, I am from Basingstoke and I have lived here all my life. I attended Bodywork Cambridge Performing Arts were I studied for four years gaining a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. I am currently a dance teacher at Rhythm Central Dance School Basingstoke, teaching various classes, ages 3 -16. Teaching has given me a great opportunity to share my passion and enthusiasm of dance to my students. I am proud of the high standard in the class and I have learned that dance is truly infectious. I have recently just been accepted onto a new agency and have become a full time model. I feel that modelling has given me confidence and will help me to develop my skills further. I have worked for various charities including The Variety Club, Make A Wish Foundation and NSPCC. I have helped raise funds for all these charities which has all gone to great causes and it gives me great pleasure to know I have helped to put a smile on children's faces. I am currently working on a project for The Joshua Foundation. I feel I would be a good ambassador for Great Britain as I am confident, kind, caring and always put 100% into everything I do.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 CONTESTANT - Hilary Arredondo


My Name is Hilary Arredondo and I am 20 years old. My passion for athletics has enabled me to represent my borough and county for athletics competitions, more specifically middle distant races since I was 12 years of age. Athletics has moulded me into a positive minded individual having a sense of self-belief, a great deal of determination, and more importantly the key to overcoming hardships. By the end of my Sport Science and Business Honours Degree, I hope to use my studies in the sport industry, managing and developing sport to help young people. My family is very important aspect to me - through them, my Columbian heritage and strong Catholic background - I have established the strong moral values and foundations to make me the person I am today. I am a friendly, fun-loving and warm-hearted girl, I love to go out with friends, and most of all I am very down to earth.


Special thanks and credits to www.missuniversegb.co.uk

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