Kickboxing beauty queen loses two stone to become Miss England finalist
13:03 GMT, 7 June 2012
A beauty queen will go from the catwalk to the boxing ring as she competes in the Miss England final this month before representing Great Britain at the World Kickboxing Championships.
Chelsie Griffin, 21, only took up kick-boxing last year to lose weight and get fit. She is now a yellow belt and will compete in the world champs this August.
Before she enters the ring, she will take part in the Miss England final after winning the Miss Rugby title earlier this year.
Packing a punch: Chelsie will compete in the Miss England finals followed by the kickboxing world champs
Chelsie said her position in the beauty pageant is all thanks to the confidence boost kickboxing has given her – and the positive effect it has had on her figure and fitness.
Since taking up the sport, she has lost two stone and dropped three dress sizes so she is now a svelte size 10.
Weight battle: Chelsie has lost two stone, left, after taking up kickboxing
She said: 'Not only has kickboxing helped me to lose weight and get fit, it has massively helped my confidence too. As a larger girl I was miserable and lacked a lot of confidence but now I feel like I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it and I am really excited about taking to the stage at Miss England at the end of June.'
Chelsie added: 'Even if I don’t win the whole experience has been amazing. Not only have I made some great friends but I have increased my confidence, self-esteem, ability to speak in public and overall poise, posture and grace. I would recommend it to anyone.'
Chelsie will battle it out for the
coveted Miss England crown with 60 other regional winners from across
England in a four-day competition taking place in Birmingham on 23 June,
before moving onto Leicester on 2 June for an 'Eco Fashion and Great
Lengths' hair show, followed by the grand final.
Yellow belt: Chelsie shows off her kickboxing skills breaking a wooden board with her feet…
… and with her fist
When asked what the judges should be looking for in a winner, Angie Beasley, Director of Miss England said: 'We are looking for a well-rounded individual who stands out from the crowd and possesses a natural beauty and flair.
'They must also be personable, eloquent and athletic, as well as being someone who will a role model for younger girls and make a great ambassador for their country.'
Angie added: 'The standard of girls taking part in Miss England Final this year is very high so the judges are going to have a really difficult job deciding on the winner.'
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The final show starts at 7pm on Tuesday 26 June which will see one lucky girl crowned Miss England 2012, taking over from last year's winner Alize Mounter, 23, from Kensington.
Tickets for the two events in Leicester are on sale now. For more information visit www.missengland.info/