A Junior doctor has been crowned as the new Miss England after fending off competition from dozens of other models.
23-year-old Bhasha Mukherjee from Derby, who holds two medical degrees, one in medical sciences and one in medicine and surgery from the University of Nottingham, was crowned at a ceremony which took place on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at The New Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
'Some people might think pageant girls are airheads, but we all stand for a cause,' she said before the contest.
'We're all trying to showcase to the world that actually just because we're pretty, it doesn't end there - we're actually trying to use our reach and influence to do something good.
'My pageant career all started to happen while I was in the middle of studying at medical school - it took a lot of convincing for me to do it, but eventually I decided to do it to balance out my studying and give me a break.'
She said: 'I was always the teacher's pet in school - I won the Einstein Award for being the smartest in my class and I was the top of my school with my GCSE results.
'I was a bit of a loner as a child as I was new to the country and moved about schools a lot, meaning that I was always branded the 'new kid'.
'I was teased a bit for being eccentric and dramatic, but my way out was studying and competitions - I was just so passionate about learning.'
It was also reported that hours after the Miss England final ended she resumed as a junior doctor in a hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire,
Bhasha said: 'My nerves are really high at the moment, and I have to catch a 4am train after the Miss England final just to make my induction day at the hospital. she said during the pageant.
'I've really enjoyed competing in the pageant as everyone is so lovely.
'One thing I've taken from it is a lovely group of supportive friends - we're definitely not at each other's throats like you'd expect, it's all very supportive.'
Bhasha, who was born in India and lived there until her family relocated to the UK when she was nine succeeds Alisha Cowie Miss England 2018.