Sasha, 21, from Topsham hopes contest entry will inspire others
PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 13 April 2016
A Topsham woman battling to reach the finals of a national beauty competition is hoping to 'inspire' the next generation.
Sasha Ingham, 21, is aiming to represent Exeter at the finals of Miss England, but she needs votes from members of the public to succeed.
The self-employed sports coach, who has battled back from low self-esteem, says it is very important for children to believe in themselves.
Sasha, of Fore Street, revealed she had been interested in modelling since childhood.
She said: “I feel entering the contest is the right time for me, as I feel confident in myself. I have had so much support from people since entering.
“I went to see a beauty contest with my mum in Leicestershire when I was 11 years old. One of the women who organised the event was very enthusiastic about me entering the competition – I had to let her know my age. But she said I should come back and enter as soon as I was old enough.
“I didn’t have a lot of confidence when I was younger, and I know how important it is for children to be confident. I am very passionate about the next generation. I want to use the Miss England contest as a platform to speak to children in schools.”
The kind-hearted 21-year-old, who is also writing a children’s book, says she also has a number of a charity events planned in the town.
The public vote is running until Thursday, April 14.
People can vote for Sasha by texting MISS SEMI08 to 633 33 or by phoning 0901 3071215 and selecting 08.