Emily Blake has brough another jewelled crown back to her home in Lynn after competing as Miss Great Britain United Nations 2016.
The plus-size model and former Miss British Beauty Curve winner was out in the United Nations Pageant held in Kingston, Jamaica.
The 26-year-old was crowned and bestowed with the title of Europe Ambassador United Nations.
Since Emily won Miss British Beauty Curve in 2014, she has won numerous national awards, most recently the Afro Model Award ‘Miss Curvy’ and shortlisted nominee for the British Plussize Awards ‘Best Plussize Achievement’ for being Miss GB UN.
She has walked the catalks from Ibiza to London modelling for well-known designers and brands.
Emily has also attended charity events around the country and is a proud supporter of West Norfolk Mind.
Recently the cover-girl of Global Womanhood Magazine, she has used the media exposure as a platform to promote the new culture of body positivity which she believes is important for all shapes and sizes.
She said: “I want to send out the message that you are in no way inadequate because you are bigger or smaller, lighter or darker than the stereotypical ideas of beauty that we are shown. We are all beautiful.”
Sponsored by Karen Messam Make up Artistry, her UN work was judged on her work in the community, her participation and communication skills over the 10-day pageant programme, a group and individual interview and her sportswear (the UN Pageant eschews a swimwear section), national costume and evening wear walks on the night of the gala.
She said: “Being overweight all my life and being bullied for it made me want to help others who are facing similar issues. I was picked on because of my curly hair and skin colour too.
“My reason for entering pageants was to show bullies that they had not succeeded in dimming my light.”
Emily plans to use her new international title as a platform to reach out to young people on the importance of body positivity and self-confidence. She said: “The lack of self-esteem in young people has become evident to me through working in schools; I want to make a change.
“Everyone deserves to reach their full potential and succeed in what they want to do.
“Without self-belief and confidence this is impossible.”
Emily, who also gets support from photographer Josh Elms and the Beauty Bug, Kings Lynn.
Follow Emily on www.facebook.com/emilyblakemissbbcurve or instagram @presenteremilyblake
Donations for Emily’s charity missions are accepted on www.gofundme.com/emilyblake