A UNIVERSITY student from Bracknell who currently holds the Miss Dorset title, is competing to be crowned Miss England.

Alina Green who attends Bournemouth university, was scouted and encouraged to enter the beauty pageant by her friends.

The finalist in the Miss England competition says judges are looking for a 'well rounded' person and she believes she has what it takes to make it far.

Contestants have to take part in 10 different rounds such as public speaking and take part in something charitable.

Alina will be hosting the dog show at Brookfield Farm Doggy day care to raise money for the Chronicle Sunshine Fund, who provide equipment to hundreds of disabled children in the North East.

She said: "I have always wanted to do it. This has given me a massive opportunity and I have had so much support and my Mum has been insane."

The beauty pageant brings out individuals unique talents and the fashion student said the best part has been showing off her skills in making a dress.

The 20-year-old added: "I have been inspired to make an eco-dress as I can make dresses from scratch. I will be using old charity clothing to make it ethical and defy fast fashion".

Public speaking is another category they have to take part in and the student explained how this round has helped her confidence.

Another round focuses on the beauty aspect of the pageant, and gets contestants to go makeup free.

She said: "It is quite superficial but it also encourages you to embrace your natural beauty and who you are behind the makeup."

The competition will take place on 31st July and 1st August at the Newbridge Hotel in Newcastle city centre, with at least 50 contestants from across the country.

The winner of Miss England 2019 will visit Mauritius for a luxury holiday and progress to Miss World, which will be held in Thailand with a £100,000 jackpot prize.