I want to be the first IVF Miss World: One of Britain's first test tube babies Charlotte Holmes has her sights set on making history at beauty pageant
18:46 GMT, 6 August 2012
Miss England 2012 winner Charlotte Holmes has revealed that she hopes to make history by becoming the first Miss World to be conceived by IVF.
The 23-year-old recently told how she was one of the first children to be conceived by the procedure with the help of Professor Robert Winston.
The brunette, who was born in Plymouth, said her parents opted for a trial test-tube baby programme after trying to conceive a child naturally for eight years to no avail.
Sights set on glory: Miss England 2012 winner Charlotte Holmes is hoping to be crowned Miss World
The stunning brunette has revealed that she was conceived with the help of IVF treatment
‘It is amazing to think that without the help of someone like Professor Winston neither me or my sister would be here today,’ says Charlotte.
‘I essentially owe him my life and would love to make history by becoming the first Miss World conceived by IVF.’
Charlotte’s mother Vonnie, now 60, is thought to have been around 35 when she and her husband Ken decided to try IVF.
They were treated by Professor Winston, who appears in the BBC series The Human Body and Child Of Our Time, in 1988.
Test tube baby: Charlotte Holmes with her mum Vonny and her sister Lucy with Professor Robert Winston
Making history: Charlotte pictured at six-months-old
‘…When the opportunity came up to trial a new drug for IVF treatment, I jumped at the chance and was extremely lucky that the egg implanted first time, resulting in Charlotte,” says Mrs Holmes.
Crowning glory: Charlotte was named the new Miss England in June
‘We have pictures of when Charlotte was just five cells old and we felt so blessed. I wanted to wrap myself up in cotton wool throughout the pregnancy so that I didn't miscarry’
‘When Charlotte was eventually born she was just 5lb 5oz but she was perfect. Just 18 months later we repeated the process to have our second daughter, Lucy.’
Charlotte was crowned the new Miss England in June, taking over from Alize Mounter, 23, from Kensington.
It came two years after she came fourth in the sixth series of Sky Living’s Britain’s Next Top Model.
‘I had a great time on the show and met some great people,’ she previously told The Sun.
‘I just missed out on the final but I’m not one to dwell on things so it was onwards and upwards after the show finished.’
is currently competing for the Miss World crown in Mongolia and has
already secured a place in the Miss World Top Model final.
she triumphs in this section, she will secure herself a place in the
top 15 competitors at the Miss World grand final in Mongolia on August
Sarah-Jane Hutt was the last British representative to hold the Miss World title after being crowned in 1983.
Next British Miss World She is currently competing for the crown in Mongolia
Battling it out: Charlotte at the opening ceremony of the Miss World pageant with Miss Belarus Yuliya Skalkovich