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Beauty hopes for notable win

PUBLISHED: 17:02 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010

BEAUTY: Sophia Port. PICTURES BY RED ACADEMY

BEAUTY: Sophia Port. PICTURES BY RED ACADEMY

A JAZZ singer hopes to kick start her musical career by being crowned Miss England. Sophia Port, 21, of Chatsworth Avenue, Bexley,

A JAZZ singer hopes to kick start her musical career by being crowned Miss England.

Sophia Port, 21, of Chatsworth Avenue, Bexley, is one of 11 women from Kent to reach the regional heats of Miss England 2009, the winner of which can compete in Miss World.

To win the Kent heat, Miss Port must beat entrants including student Kimberly Cooper, 19, from Orpington, teaching assistant Katie McGregor, 19, from Bromley, and Deanne Faurie, 21, a make-up artist from Dartford.

The former Sidcup and Chislehurst Grammar student said: "I've entered beauty competitions before but it's not my first calling.

"I've worked as a professional singer, over here and abroad in five star hotels for three years.

"I'm hoping the competition will get my voice out there, I just need everyone's votes.

"If I can make a name for myself that way, it could help me with my real passion."

Despite beauty pageants' notoriety for being targeted by feminist protesters, Miss Port defended their credibility.

The former dance and clarinet student at Bexley Music College: "I went to a grammar school, did all my GCSEs and A Levels, and I like to consider myself a cultured person.

"All the contestants have to talk about issues in the world, do charity work, get a sponsor - it's a challenge and I think it's a good thing."

To enter the Kent competition, Miss Port said you must be single, have celebrated your 17th but not your 25th birthday, possess talent, and be willing to help your community.

The former Bexley College of Music student had already won an award for choreographing a show for Bexley Youth Service.

She added: "I'm going to offer my singing for free to help out at fundraising evenings and I've been talking about singing at an elderly peoples' home."

To vote, visit www.missengland.info.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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