A beauty queen from Wilpshire has impressed judges at the Miss Universe Great Britain beauty pageant.

Entrepreneur Eddison Emam, 21, has been named first runner-up at the beauty pageant, which was won by Christina Dela Cruz Chalk.

Miss Universe Great Britain, which aims to empower women, support female causes, and celebrate what it means to be feminine, is the UK qualifier to the Miss Universe pageant.

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It is a three-day grand final weekend consisting of an empowerment day, a Bring A Bra Ball which sees guests donate bras to charity Smalls for All, and a coronation night.

On July 6, contestants from England, Scotland and Wales competed for the opportunity to win and represent Great Britain at Miss Universe.

Eddison was the youngest contestant to place in the competition. After answering her on-stage question, she walked away with the first runner-up placement.

The young businesswoman owns DressEd Boutique, based at Huntleys in Samlesbury. She opened the occasion wear shop two years ago.

The former Miss Great Britain Teen winner traded a degree in politics at the University of Manchester to open her prom dress shop, aged 19.

Eddison also launched Project Prom, an initiative that aims to “create true equity and equality” for secondary school girls. Project Prom gives young women access to premier prom gowns through donations.

The former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School pupil has also hosted donation drives and fundraising events in the past and claims her “passion for uplifting others is boundless”.

Eddison said: “I am dedicated to empowering the youth of Great Britain with business skills for success, supporting small businesses and proving that age is just a number and with the correct skills, knowledge and support, anything is possible!”