Ann Wins Miss Universe Great Britain

Twenty-five-year-old, Anna Burdzy from Leicester, has been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2017.

Anna was born in the UK to Polish parents and is currently studying for a masters in law (specialising in human rights) at The University of Nottingham. She hopes to work for the United Nations or Foreign Office.

She took the title in front of a sell-out audience at the grand final in The Riverfront in Newport last night.

Thirty-five young women from across England, and Scotland and Wales competed for the chance to represent the UK on the Miss Universe stage later in the year.

The competition - which was sponsored by Giovanni’s Restaurants and Smilize - was held over four days in Cardiff at the host hotel – the Mercure Holland House. On Wednesday, finalists attended the Cooking for A Cause event at Giovanni’s Cookery School to raise money for Sheroes Hangout in India which helps acid attack survivors; on Thursday, they took part in an empowerment day with leadership coach Tosin Ogunussi. During the day, they bent iron rods with their necks and broke wooden boards with their bare hands in the name of self-belief. On Friday, they took part in a flash mob and then enjoyed a cocktail party and a celebration dinner at Giovanni’s on Park Place; and on day four the contestants had an interview with the judges and took part in three catwalk rounds.

In the run up to the final the contestants have been fundraising for Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust. Together the contestants raised £12,000 for the charity. More than £3000 has also been raised by the competition for Sheroes.

The highlight of Anna’s year will undoubtedly be the trip to take part in Miss Universe 2017 for several weeks at an exotic location overseas. She will also travel to India to and The Philippines during her reign.

Anna said: “Winning the title really means everything to me. I first competed in 2014 when I came 1st runner up so this represents the culmination of three years hard work. I am looking forward to so many things particularly travelling, working with good causes and making friends along the way.”

Giovanni Malacrino, headline sponsor of Miss Universe Great Britain 2017, said: “I backed the competition to support young women as they aim high in life and try to make a difference at the same time. What they have done for good causes is amazing and I really look forward to seeing Anna go from strength to strength.”

Paula Abbandonato, national director for Miss Universe Great Britain, said: “There was an incredibly high standard of fantastic young women in the final this year. Anna should be very proud of her achievements. She is testimony to the belief that you should never give up on your dreams.”

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