Catwalk dream to boost charity

PUBLISHED: 10:21 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

A 21-YEAR-OLD university student is among three women from the county who hope to be crowned Miss Universe GB.

A 21-YEAR-OLD university student is among three women from the county who hope to be crowned Miss Universe GB.

Kimberley Cooper, from Chislehurst Road, Chislehurst, is in the prestigious competition against Raisa Cheema, 18, a care assistant from Gravesend, and Michelina-Lucia Papa, 26, from Southfleet.

They were selected ahead of 500 other hopefuls in Great Britain to be named among the 50 finalists to compete for the title this May.

Miss Cooper said: "It is every girls dream to win this pageant. I only started taking modelling seriously a couple of years ago, but I was first scouted when I was shopping in Bluewater when I was about 16.

"At the moment I'm in my final year of a sports science degree at the University of Roehampton. I would love to model full-time but if not, a personal trainer or PE teacher.

"It's a busy time for me, in the third year of a degree and following my dream. I have to raise money for The Joshua Foundation and would be grateful of any support."

Last year the Miss Universe GB finalist raised £32k for The Joshua Foundation, a charity which helps terminally ill children have life experiences, day trips, holidays, gifts and memories. The amount raised was enough to take 25 families to Lapland for the day.

Director of Vibe Models, which organises the event, Paula Abbandonato, said: "The Miss Universe GB competition provides 50 gorgeous girls with a fantastic opportunity to strut their stuff during a glittering catwalk show, have fun and raise money for an extremely good cause. Girls involved in the competition will help to make a difference to the lives of children who have cancer by enabling them to have a break from their treatment to enjoy living and this year we hope to raise at least £50k for The Joshua Foundation."

The final is due to take place at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Sunday, May 2.

The winner will go on to the Miss Universe final this summer, which is owned and run by American tycoon, Donald Trump.

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