Grace wins beauty contest

Gracy Levy ''Picture: Lee Dare
Gracy Levy ''Picture: Lee Dare

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BEAUTIFUL Grace Levy has taken top spot and been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in a national pageant.

The 24-year-old, from Titchfield, won top place at the Miss Universe Great Britain 2014 finals in Cardiff on Saturday.

Grace, an estate agent, will go on to represent Great Britain in the Miss Universe pageant, due to be held at an exotic overseas location yet to be announced.

Grace, who now lives in London, started out her beauty pageant career by being crowned Titchfield Carnival queen when she was 16 years old.

She cites watching the carnival from a young age with her family as one of her inspirations in becoming a beauty queen.

And she’s not just a pretty face; the former Crofton School and Bay House Sixth Form student also studied for a degree in psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

The blonde beauty is well-known in the Fareham area for her charity work and she also had five minutes of fame when she appeared on ITV dating show Take Me Out in February last year.

Grace is a former Miss Hampshire 2012 and has been placed in the top 15 for Miss England for the past two years.

She competed in Miss England 2013 as Miss Greater London and she also won Miss Eco 2013.

She said: ‘Miss Universe GB has empowered my life and I would love to help other women feel the same empowerment too, as it’s a great feeling knowing you are the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.’

Grace won out of 30 contestants from England, Wales and Scotland who were competing for the title at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff.

She said: ‘I am overwhelmed, excited and grateful. I’ve never given up on trying to win a national title and at last all my hard work has paid off.

‘I’m totally committed to my role and will do everything I can to do well at Miss Universe.’

Grace will now enjoy a whirlwind year of international travel as well as a bumper prize package.

In August she will travel to Sofia in Bulgaria with her sponsors and later on Morocco.

She will be a VIP guest at the Singapore Grand Prix in September along with a number of other Miss Universe national winners from around the world.

Miss Universe is one of the biggest pageants in the world and is owned by American tycoon, Donald Trump.

The current Miss Universe is Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela.

Hopes are high for Grace, as last year’s Miss Great Britain winner Amy Willerton was the first British delegate to be awarded a place in 30 years.