A-Level teacher is Miss Universe GB finalist

An A-Level Psychology teacher from Houghton Regis is in the running to represent Great Britain at the Miss Universe Pageant.

Jasmine Chavda, 24, is one of 40 finalists taking part in Miss Universe Great Britain in June.

She began taking part in pageants in 2009 and reached the Miss England semi finals in 2013, she is the current Miss Bedfordshire winner.

In the run up to the finals she will be fundraising for Strongbones, a charity that helps children from the UK with diseases of the bone.

The A-Level teacher said: “I am really excited to have been chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain this year and will be doing all that I can in the next few months to prepare.

“I believe it will give me the chance to embark on a journey that will inspire those around me by raising money for a fantastic children’s charity and using my knowledge of teaching to raise the confidence of anyone who has ever had a dream to believe in themselves.”

The final, in Cardiff, will be a three day event, the finalists will have a celebration dinner with friends and family and will take part in a catwalk show for a panel of judges from the beauty and fashion industry.

National director of Miss Universe Great Britain, Paula Abbandonato, said: “Pageantry in the UK is bigger than ever and we have the most amazing line-up of young women from England, Scotland and Wales vying for the crown this year.

“It is going to be an excellent competition and I wish them all the very best of luck.

“The UK has never won Miss Universe but I think this year could be our year!”

There will be awards on the night for the finalist who raises the most money for charity, an award for the most inspiring finalist and a Miss Universe Great Britain business bursary to a finalist who is either in or entering the world of business.