Welcome to Miss Sunderland 2014
Natasha Phelps steals judges hearts and becomes sixth Miss Sunderland!
Friday saw the sixth Miss Sunderland crowned. The final which was held at The Pullman in Sunderland saw eighteen girls from across the region competing to be the next Miss Sunderland and securing their place in The Miss Great Britain Final. Natasha Phelps took the crown, closely followed by 1st runner up Jazmyne Tindale and 2nd runner up Ellena King. Charlotte Griffiths was awarded Miss charity raising over £1000 for Cash for Kids which is incredible whilst Jade Richardson secured Miss Evening wear and Shannon Crame was given Miss Photogenic.
Natasha Phelps, 18 from Washington said after winning the title “I'm completely overwhelmed I never expected the judges to pick me. I was just so excited to be part of this years final. I'm so looking forward to representing Cash for Kids. All the girls were lovely inside and out and I'm blessed to have been part of the final with them”
The finalists were judged by Millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne who cast his eyes from the Dragon’s Den to the catwalk after being named star judge of this year’s final of the Miss Sunderland competition. He said: “I was delighted to be part of this prestigious and premier competition, which I know attracts girls from all across the North East.
“Judging a beauty contest is certainly something new to me and is quite different to anything I’ve encountered on the Dragon’s Den, but I really enjoyed it, the standard was so high”.
“I know the organisers have put a lot of hard work into it and I hope that by me being involved has helped add to its growing success.”
Joining him on the panel was ex Steps singer Faye Tozer who said.
I'm very proud to have judged and supported Miss Sunderland 2014 - not only to help raise a positive profile for the North East but to also showcase the artistic talent and high standard of the beauty industry here. The competitors were inspirational and confident and proved that they're ready to be the face and voice of this region.
Other judges include Miss Great Britain organiser Kate Solomons, Miss Sunderland 2013 Anya Gould, Operations Director of The Pullman John Gray, celebrity photographer Terry the snapper & Sunderland Bid Chief Executive all made the very difficult decision of choosing the winner of Miss Sunderland and were thrilled the announce the winner to be Natasha Phelps, 18 years old from Washington
Duncan’s participation was a major coup for co-organiser Simon Robertson, whose Headline Models & One Voice Productions company hosts the event and who has known Mr Bannatyne for a number of years, and then to add Faye Tozer to the Judging panel was just the icing on the cake.
Simon & co-director Lia said: “we are thrilled that Duncan & Faye agreed to take part. To have had someone of their profiles is incredible and really has raised the bar.
“They added much to the contest, including star quality; it was the most memorable Miss Sunderland yet. All our finalists did so well this year and the standard was so high”
Debbie Craig, charity manager at Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids, this year’s chosen charity, said: “We were very proud to be part of Miss Sunderland 2014.
“It’s very important for our charity to work with local people to raise vital funds for disabled and disadvantaged children. More importantly, all money raised in the region stays in the region, with over 80p in every pound going to the children.” All of the girls who took part in Miss Sunderland spent 3 weeks fundraising for Cash for Kids and I am so proud to say that the girls raised £7,600, which is incredible.
The final which was hosted by Jess Linley and Simon Robertson had an Alice in Wonderland theme this year and the opener was based on this theme with round two swimwear through the years and round three evening wear including the interview round before the judges shortlisted it down to eight finalists.
Guests were treated to a fashion show by Headline Models showcasing underwear brands Elissa & Stef and live music from North Road & Scarlet Street.
The winner has not only gained a place in Miss Great Britain but also secured a modeling contract with Headline Models Ltd, teeth whitening from Olivers Dental Studio, a model portfolio from David Lawson, and they will be an official ambassador of Cash for Kids.
Miss Sunderland 2014 is open to any girl in the North-East of England, aged between 18 and 27. It is the official Miss Sunderland competition having been set up since 2009.
After running Miss Sunderland for five years we have decided to in our sixth year to take the competition in a different direction and bring the competition up to date in a modern world. This means that the rules are different:
YOU CAN be married or have been divorced
YOU CAN have children
YOU CAN be aged between 18-27 years old
The Winner of Miss Sunderland 2014 will not only win the crown, but also a selection of great prizes, take part in modelling assignments and be the face of Miss Sunderland 2014. She will then be a patron for our chosen charity Cash for Kids and have a very exciting year ahead.
Furthermore, the winner of the competition will automatically be entered to represent Sunderland in the Miss Great Britain Final.
If you have what it takes, we want to hear from you. Apply Now!