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Girls dress to impress at Miss Reading finalBy Laura Herbert
May 27, 2010
Stunning Areerat Chorsanthiah will represent the town at the Miss England final after she was crowned Miss Reading on Sunday night.
Sixteen local beauties donned their favourite ball gowns as they strutted their stuff in front a panel of judges including current Miss England Katrina Hodge.
All contestants modelled evening wear, matching T-shirts and clothing from event sponsor Becky’s Bootique.
Organiser Laney Eldridge of Memory Lane Events and host for the evening, said: “This year is quite unusual as Reading hasn’t had a prominent pageant for a couple of years so we decided to cover the area and its been an absolutely amazing turnout.
“All the girls who auditioned to compete were amazing, they blew us away. The only thing that’s lacking in Reading is there isn’t as much confidence as there should be because there are some stunning girls here.”
During the evening at Trunkwell Mansion House in Beech Hill, the girls were whittled down to a final seven before the winner was crowned.
Co-host Becky Bennett of Becky’s Bootique added: “We have a Miss Charity category for the girl that has raised the most money for charity, Miss Popularity for the girl that wins the text vote and there’s also Miss Congeniality which is voted for by the girls on the day for the girl that’s been the nicest and puts herself out there to help out others.”
The winners of each category were guaranteed a place in the final seven but it was 20-year-old Areerat from Slough who was crowned the winner.
Miss Bennett continued: “It’s not like you see in films where it’s all bitchy and people steal other people’s dresses, everyone has been lovely we have got some really great girls.
“They have all got on brilliantly, they’ve worked so hard.”
Fellow judge and Reading Post writer Stuart White said: “It got quite heated trying to pick a winner. I had the same top three as Miss England but in a different order, but the other judge had a different view. We really found it hard to decide.
“In the end we reached the decision that Areerat would be the best to go forward and represent Reading at Miss England because she had the experience, but all of us liked Kay Wise from Tilehurst and she deserved to finish second.
“All the girls did themselves proud as it must be very daunting putting yourself forward for a competition like this.”
Coral Bosley from Sonning Common came third.