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Feb 2, 2023
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    A woman who was self-conscious about her height has learned to embrace it – and now she's a pageant star.

    Growing up, Alice Jones hated being tall and often felt like a "freak".

    She struggled with dating as a teenager as she towered over many of the boys in her class.

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    But after training to be a NHS paramedic, the 27-year-old found her confidence.

    Alice, from Walsall in the West Midlands, worked through her self doubt by getting therapy.

    She took five months off and got into modelling – before entering Miss England last year and reaching the semi finals.

    Alice said: "I’ve worked in the ambulance service since the age of 18 where I’ve provided care, treatment and even cups of tea for those in need.

    "Being a paramedic has always been an ultimate goal of mine and I’ve fulfilled it and will continue to do so.

    "By taking part in the Miss England contest, it’s unlocked this potential in myself that I didn’t know I had.

    "One of the main reasons was to use the Beauty with a Purpose platform (the Miss World charity) to educate the public on how to perform CPR and how to use an AED.

    "Along the way I actually enjoyed the challenge of attending photo shoots, taking part in different rounds, wearing dresses and really focusing on my fitness.

    "I want to show others that you can in fact do both and that life is about, challenges.

    "Believe me I find modelling more of a challenge than saving a life sometimes, it’s definitely not as easy as it looks but I welcome that challenge.

    "I’m really looking forward to representing the United Kingdom in the World Top Model contest and hope to inspire others to push out of your comfort zone, whatever that maybe be."

    Alice also hopes to use her platform to encourage others to embrace their insecurities.

    She will be representing the UK in the 29th Top Model of the World pageant at the 5star luxury White Hills Resort, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, on March 3.

    Alice added: "Growing up, I believed I was not worth anything and that I was thick. Because I am 6ft, I felt like a bit of a freak because I was so tall.

    "I never really had relationships because I was taller than all over the boys – that did nothing for my confidence.

    "I had to make a conscious effort to slouch. I got comments like 'gosh, you're tall' I found that uncomfortable.

    Obviously, I carried that through to adulthood. Even as a paramedic I used to feel like I didn't deserve to be a paramedic.

    "But over the last couple years I have been on a journey of self-discovery.

    “I entered Miss England as a challenge for myself as it was completely different to my day to day job as a paramedic.

    "I went from spending most my time in steel toe-capped boots and my hair in a messy bun to wearing a fancy dress with my hair and make up done."


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