Flame-eating beauty queen hopes to get Miss England judges hot under the collar with dazzling fire show
14:58 GMT, 8 May 2012
Beauty queens usually like to wow the judging panel with their spangly outfits and good looks.
But one contestant vying for the title of Miss England 2012 hopes her talent for fire-breathing will turn heads.
Jessie Palmer, 20, from Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire, plans to showcase her extreme skills at the live semi-finals at the end of the month, where she will have just minutes to shine.
Not your conventional beauty queen: Jessie Palmer demonstrates her fire-breathing skills
The pretty brunette, who is also studying criminal psychology at the University Of Hull, admits she is not a stereotypical pageant goer.
She said: 'I may not be your typical beauty queen but I like to think I can break the mould and help quash stereotypes.
'On the night, I am just going to get up there, enjoy myself, give the best performance I can and hope it is enough.'
Miss Palmer believes her performance will give her a competitive edge over the other girls, as many will choose tried and tested routines.
Hot stuff: 'I may not be your typical beauty queen,' says Jessie who also has a passion for sports
Don't try this at home! Jessie says before she was professionally trained she was scared of fire
She first started training with Sarah Knowles, a professional fire-breather who is regularly hired to perform at events.
Miss Palmer added: 'I was really scared to play with fire at first. My trainer rolled the flaming sticks down my arms and I had to close my eyes.
'It seems quite dangerous but it's really thrilling and my family thought it was typical of me to do something different.
Her mother, Sue, said although she was a little dubious of her new-found skills, she is now proud of her daughter: 'The family will be supporting her all the way.'
Miss Palmer, who already scooped the title of Miss Hull and District 2012, will battle it out with 55 other semi-finalists on May 30 in Leicester.
After four rounds, only 14 girls will go through to the grand final, a
four-day competition taking place on June 26.
The winner of Miss
England will receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent their
country at Miss World and be whisked off to Mauritius.