VOTE: Who do you think should win Miss Nottingham?
HERE are six striking women who have been selected as finalists for the title of Miss Nottingham.
The beauties put themselves forward to take part in the competition and if they succeed in the regional heats they will be in the running for the title of Miss England.
The winner of that will represent England in the Miss World Beauty Pageant.
So far Sophie Dawe, Hannah Higgins, Carys Middleton, Georgia Gartside Jenny Stratham and Kimberley Perry have been picked to represent Notts in the Miss Nottingham final.
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Jenny Stratham, 23, of Chilwell, said she felt extremely proud to have been picked and hoped she would go further in the competition.
Jenny, who is an office worker and a self-employed make-up artist, said: "I was really shocked when I got the e-mail that I was through to the final.
"My friends talked me into applying for it because they wanted to boost my confidence and I'm glad I did."
The organisers of Miss World emphasise the importance of charity work, which is now a major part of the competition.
During the last three years the Miss England competition alone has raised more than £350,000 for children's charities.
Jenny said part of the reason she hoped to succeed in the competition was because she wanted to raise money for two charities close to her heart.
She said: "I'm professionally trained in doing camouflage makeup and I volunteer for the Katie Piper Foundation regularly.
"The charity puts on pamper days for burns and scars victims, and I do their makeup.
"I would also like to raise money for Endometriosis UK.
"This is a charity which supports women with the condition, which I have myself.
"It basically means the lining of your womb grows on to other organs and it can be extremely painful."
Kimberley Perry, 16, of Mansfield, is also thrilled to have got through to the Nottingham final.
The West Notts College student said: "I heard about the competition when I was at The Clothes Show in Birmingham.
"I want to be a model when I'm older so this is great experience for me. I'm so happy to have got this far."
Founded by the late Eric Morley in 1952, the Miss World contest offers a top prize of $100,000 and every year attracts thousands of entrants from more than 120 countries.
Former Miss World contestants include Hollywood actress Halle Berry.
A spokesperson for Miss England said: "We have auditioned more than 40 girls already and so far we have only selected six Nottingham finalists. More will be added when we audition more contestants.
"The Miss Nottingham final will be held at the De Vere Village Hotel in Chilwell on Sunday, April 21, as an eco fashion show.
"Contestants will have to create an outfit that has been sourced from a local charity shop or made from recycled materials to model in the catwalk round of the contest."
There is still time to enter the competition. If you are interested in becoming Miss Nottingham send a snapshot to firstname.lastname@example.org and enclose your contact details.