Amy Dargan: Beauty Contests

PUBLISHED: 00:21 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 February 2013

Amy Dargan

Amy Dargan

Beauty contests have had their ups and downs since the heady days of the sixties when a winner was guaranteed glamour and stardom to the late seventies when they were reviled by feminists and looked on by others as out of date and out of style.

Beauty contests have had their ups and downs since the heady days of the sixties when a winner was guaranteed glamour and stardom to the late seventies when they were reviled by feminists and looked on by others as out of date and out of style.


But 18-year-old Warwick girl Amy Dargan says that now they are back - only this time don't expect the girls taking part to be shy and demure, today's beauty contestants are fun-loving and feisty as well as feminine.


Words: Colin Clark


Photographs: Storm Studio, Leamington Spa



"I would love to be a sports presenter," says Amy, "my dad says I should be a sort of Gabby Logan, serious and knowledge, but I'm much more like Soccer AM girl Helen Chamberlain, lots of laughs and a bit of an edge."



I met up with Amy in a Warwick caf and I'm conscious that my interview is attracting more attention than normal - more to do with interviewee than interviewer I feel.


Blonde, beautiful and at 5 feet 9inches before her "heels" are taken into account, it is fair to say that Amy is certainly striking.


But there's much more to Amy than her looks, she's a girl with a goal in life, and watch out anyone who gets in her way.



Presently studying broadcast journalism at Nottingham University, the Birmingham City fan (her granddad Peter actually played for the club for a short time) is determined that her future is in front of the camera.


That may well, at some time, be a television camera but, for the moment, she is more than happy posing for the photographers as she helps fund her way through university with modelling and promotional work.


And Amy's next priority is the Miss England contest. She was selected as Miss Leamington Spa earlier this year and now goes into the semi-finals to be held in Leicestershire on June 16 and 17.


"I can't believe I'm in the semi finals, it's been a really great experience I just hope I can make it through to the finals," she says.


But don't her friends look down on beauty contests? Surely no-one takes any interest in them any more?


"No, they really have made a comeback. They never actually went away in America but they did fade out a lot in Britain. Now they're back and they are growing in popularity.


"The girls are much more involved in what's happening. Our characters and outlook are just as important as our looks. My friends think it is brilliant that I'm in the contest and it's been great for me, my confidence has really grown since I've been involved with Miss England."


Amy is already a member of Bennet's Babes, seen on the grid at British Super Bikes events around the country and has also done promotional work for the National Lottery.


And at university she is a member of the Trent Tigers' cheerleading team - something she describes as tough, tiring and great fun.


"Don't think it's just a case of waving pom poms and shouting a few chants - it's hard work, very hard."


Her cheerleading skills also led to an offer to fly out to India to cheerlead at the country's premier cricket league.


"I've been dancing since I was a child so that helped me a lot when it came to cheerleading. It's a very competitive sport - and a great way to keep fit," she says.


Away from the modelling, cheerleading and, of course, studying for her degree, Amy is also keen to get involved in charity organisations. I'm always on the lookout for ways I can help charities and I'm always open to ideas if any local charity thinks I can be of help to them.


"I would also like to become involved in helping girls with eating disorders, it is something I feel strongly about - girls are under a lot of pressure to look good but that should never be at the expense of their health," she says.


For further information about the Miss England contest visit www.missengland.info



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