WEDNESDAY, July 9 - Beauty Queen to turn heads on cross-channel challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:32 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

Nadine Hillman Ref: P1346-28-08SH

Nadine Hillman Ref: P1346-28-08SH

LYMPSTONE S very own beauty queen will bid to become Miss England after a special fundraising effort to cross the channel on a unique craft.

LYMPSTONE'S very own beauty queen will bid to become Miss England after a special fundraising effort to cross the channel on a unique craft.

A 96-mile voyage will see Nadine Hillman jump aboard a banana boat to raise money for charity as part of her efforts to be crowned fairest of them all.

Then the 22 year-old beauty will join 50 contestants on July 18 to compete for the coveted title. Down-to-earth Nadine is looking forward to enjoying the show after being both surprised and delighted to be named Miss Exeter in regional heats.

"I couldn't believe it when I got through," said Nadine, a Dior beauty assistant in Exeter, and Fahrenheit bar worker.

"It has been strange as people have been coming up to me at Fahrenheit and asking if I'm Miss Exeter, but I just laugh it off as this hasn't had too much of an impact on my life yet."

Nadine - chosen as Miss Exeter by judges including George Best's playboy son Callum - is now practising modelling a string of outfits from skimpy to sophisticated for the competition.

Girls will also dance, and face questions on the eco-friendly credentials in an interview section for the last 20 remaining competitors.

Nadine, of Exmouth Road, added: "It has made me realise it is not just about looks. Some of the girls who I thought were typically gorgeous and would get through lost out, it really is about your personality too."

The banana boat trip will see Nadine earn sponsorship charity as she hopes to beat the record for funds raised by one contestant.

Fahrenheit owner John Justice was quick with sponsorship and supplied the boat for the channel crossing on Sunday.

Nadine will be joined by dad Jerry, who has completed the banana boat crossing in a previous charity bid - and lifeguard boyfriend Richard Lander.

To raise even more funds, and help Nadine gain an automatic spot in the final 20 of the Miss England competition, she is calling on Exmouth's support.

To vote Nadine, text 'Miss Exeter' to 81118, with half the message fee going to charity.

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