A BEAUTY queen from Accrington has been pipped to the post in a national beauty competition despite being a firm favourite with the public, but she may have the last laugh with a singing career now on the cards.
Alissa Robinson, 20, won through to the semi-final of the Miss England contest after she won Northwest Beauty Awards in February.
She then went head to head with 60 other girls from across the country to find 12 finalists.
There was public phone vote, in which Alissa proved her popularity by coming fourth, and then a day of challenges at Champney’s Health Resort in Ashby De La Zouch in Leicestershire to decide who would go through. The contestants were put through their paces with a series of photo shoots, interviews and were tasked with making their own environmentally friendly eco-outfit to parade on the catwalk in front of a panel of judges including Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain, the current Miss England Laura Coleman and Leicester Tigers player Richard Blaze.
Alissa said: "We had to show a talent, so I sang Stand Up For Love by Destiny's Child, and it went pretty well. I wore a vintage dress from the 60s which I accessorised with a Fairtrade bangle and brooch made by African children."
But at the end of a gruelling day a disappointed Alissa was told that she had not made it through to the final 12.
Alissa said: "It was a really good day and I am not disheartened. Afterwards a couple of the judges came up to me and said that I had been one of there favourites and they really thought I would go through.
"I think it was maybe because I have short hair and a different look to many of the girls.
"Since the contest I have been approached by a singing agent from London who is looking to sign me up, so I plan to focus on my singing in the near future."
A Miss England spokesman said: "There was a really strong group of girls in the contest this year and the standard was incredibly high."