Miss Great Britain

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Indian film actress Preeti Desai won the Miss Great Britain title in 2006.

Miss Great Britain is a female beauty contest. Miss Great Britain 2013 was organised by the new National Director Kate Solomons, director of Leicester-based model & event agency ModelZed Promotions Ltd. Kate became the National Director in November 2012 & has worked within the modelling and pageant industry for over 10 years having previously organised regional & national contests to put winners through to Miss England on behalf of Miss World.

One of Kate's first duties in her new role was to change the rules of the contest to allow both married women and mothers to enter the contest; this ruling had been revised in 2010 but had reverted under previous management. These rules currently stand for the 2014 contest.

First held in 1945, between 1956 and 1989, Miss Great Britain was held in the seaside resort of Morecambe. It is one of the oldest of its kind in the country.

Between 1951 and 1957, the winner of the Miss Great Britain crown would go on to compete at the Miss World pageant. This ended in 1958 when Miss World creator Eric Morley, unhappy at the results of the Miss Great Britain winners at Miss World[1] ( all seven Miss GB winners that went to Miss World were unplaced ) set up his own domestic contest, the Miss United Kingdom pageant. From 1958 to the end of the 20th century, the winner of Miss UK would compete at Miss World.

Some of the international pageants which had been represented by Miss Great Britain were Miss Universe, Miss World, Top Model of the World and Miss Tourism World. The contest has attracted British fashion models such as Harriadnie Beau.[2]

As opposed to its British counterparts such as Miss England, Miss Northern Ireland, Miss Scotland, Miss Wales, Miss United Kingdom and Miss Universe Great Britain Miss Great Britain is not affiliated with the Miss World Organisation.

In 2010, the rules of Miss Great Britain were changed to allow divorced women and single mothers to compete for the first time but shortly reverted; Rachel Hatton was the first divorced woman to compete.[3]

2006 event[edit]

The 2006 title holder was Preeti Desai who hailed from Cleveland. Desai made history when she became the first ever winner of Indian ethnicity when she replaced the dethroned Danielle Lloyd. Lloyd had lost the crown after stirring up scandals for posing nude for Playboy magazine and dating one of the judges during her participation in the pageant.[4] Danielle Lloyd has been re-instated into the Wall of Fame/ Previous winners as of 11 January 2010.

2007 event[edit]

Rachael Tennent, a project co-ordinator, was awarded the crown of Miss Great Britain. Along with the crown, the new titleholder also bagged a car, jewellery and a modelling contract. Tennent had previously competed for the Miss Scotland 2006 title which she placed 2nd runner-up. The event was held in Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London.

Tennent did not complete her reign which resulted in Gemma Garrett (who was the 1st runner up in 2007) taking over the title of Miss Great Britain for the rest of the year.[5]

2008 event[edit]

The 2008 event did not take place due to financial difficulties as a result of the global financial crisis.[6]

2009 event[edit]

The event took place on 12 May 2009 at the Café de Paris in Central London. Following the previous years non-event, a strong PR campaign orchestrated by the show's executive producer Jade Reuben, helped to re-introduce the event to the nation, with some 70,000 online entrants being whittled down through national heats to the final 12 girls. Heavily covered by the media, the eventual winner was Miss Newcastle - Sophie Gradon, 23.[7] She will not go to Miss Universe as reported by the press; please see above. That girl is Clair Cooper, who won the Miss Universe GB crown.

Title holders[edit]

2015 Zara Holland
2014 Shelby Tribble
2013 Ashley Powell
2012 No Contest but Charlotte Perkins was selected to represent GB in Miss Tourism World
2011 No contest
2010 Amy Carrier[8]
2009 Sophie Gradon
2008 No contest
2007 Rachael Tennent (resigned) Gemma Garrett
2006 Danielle Lloyd (resigned) Preeti Desai
2005 No contest
2004 Emma Spellar
2003 Nicki Lane
2002 Yana Booth
2001 Michelle Evans
2000 Michelle Walker
1999 Cherie Pisani
1998 Leilani Dowding
1997 Liz Fuller
1996 Anita St Rose
1994 Sarah Southwick
1993 - 1990 No contest
1989 Amanda Dyson
1988 Gillian Bell
1987 Linzi Butler
1986 Lesley Ann Musgrave
1985 Jill Saxby
1984 Debbie Greenwood
1983 Rose McGrory
1982 Tracy Dodds (resigned) Viviennne Farnen (replacement)
1981 Michelle Hobson
1980 Sue Berger
1979 No contest
1978 Patricia Morgan
1977 Susan Hempel
1976 Dinah May
1975 Susan Cuff
1974 Marilyn Ward
1973 Gay Spink
1972 Elizabeth Robinson
1971 Carolyn Moore
1970 Kathleen Winstanley
1969 Wendy Anne George
1968 Yvonne Ormes
1967 Jennifer Gurley
1966 Carole Fletcher
1965 Diane Hickinbotham
1964 Carole Redhead
1963 Gillian Taylor
1962 Joy Black
1961 Libby Walker
1960 Eileen Sheridan
1959 Valerie Martin
1958 Christine Mayo
1957 Leila Williams
1956 Iris Waller
1955 Jennifer Chimes
1954 Patricia Butler
1953 Brenda Mee
1952 Dorothy Dawn
1951 Marlene Dee
1950 Violet Pretty
1949 Elaine Pryce
1948 Pamela Bayliss
1947 June Mitchell
1946 June Rivers
1945 Lydia Read


Archives of Miss Great Britain are held at The Women's Library at the Library of the London School of Economics, ref 5MGB



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