Hove born Alyse reaches Miss England finals to be held at the end of June hoping to bring the crown back to Sussex. She faces 59 other models from across Great Britain.
by Andrew Marc
Alyse Louisa-Spratt, who won the Miss Sussex title in March this year, is due to compete in the Miss England finalists at the end of June.
Brighton hosted The Miss Sussex finals, held at the Revolver Bar, West Street, and remarkably was Alyse’s first ever beauty pageant.
She faced strong competition, but took first place with her winning looks, infectious personality and strong local support.
The prize included a place in the Miss England grand final, a photo shoot, a modelling contract and Pageant coaching.
The current Miss England, Laura Coleman manages Front Models, organisers of this event, and who will now provide training and support to Alyse in her bid for Miss England’s crown.
Thailand,French Alps, Australia
Alyse is a very active person who enjoys a challenge – she has run in the Brighton Marathon, bungee jumped in Thailand, snowboarded in the French Alps and surfed in Australia. The Miss England competition is her latest challenge.
She said of her modelling : “There’s so much more to it than I actually anticipated. There’s lots of charity work, it’s all about how you hold yourself, how you present yourself as a person … giving back to other people. It’s a journey of self improvement.”
She uses her new found position for good causes, raising money for charity by competing in events and fund raisers, such as a local charity car wash which she organised. Supported by local businessman Robbie Raggio, who lent his car wash for a day to Alyse and the other models enabling them to collect money.
Beauty With A Purpose
The Miss England pageant has a strong emphasis on charity fund raising, and at the heart of the event is the charity Beauty With A Purpose.
This was created in 1972 by Julia Morley, and since then hundreds of millions of pounds have been donated aiding disadvantaged children all over the world. They also work closely with other children’s organisations such as Variety.
Alyse says she was inspired to enter the Miss Sussex competition and use her good looks for good causes by her Grandfather, who was something of a philanthropist in his home town of Lancing, where he worked for over 35 years for the British Legion. Other family members have been very supportive of her modelling as well, something that’s very important to her.
She is working with local designer Toni Pickles on one of the Miss England rounds which requires the model to showcase an ecologically inspired dress, such as one made from re-useable or recycled material. The dress is nearly completed, which has a seaside theme. Details are being kept secret until the a day before the finals on 26th June.