A FEMALE footballer has proved she is top of the league after scoring the Miss Northumberland 2012 title.
Stephanie Loraine, of Whickham, swapped her studs for her high heels to impress the judges and be crowned the winner of this year’s beauty contest on Friday.
The 19-year-old, a player for Newcastle United Women’s Football Club, said: “It’s a huge honour, and I’m thrilled to follow in the footsteps of the inaugural Miss Northumberland winner, Laura Hickey, and I am looking forward to representing the county.”
Sporty Stephanie netted a host of prizes and will compete in next year’s Miss England contest.
The final was staged at Newton Hall at Newton-by-the-Sea.
Others among the 18 contestants to do well on the night were Robyn Preston, 19, of Belford, and Nasrene Harrison, 18, of Gateshead, as both were named as runners-up.
Nasrene was also the Miss Sports Wear winner.
Jodie Weatherston, 17, of Ashington, was given the title of St Oswald’s Miss Charity Fundraiser and also won the Miss Eco-dress award, impressing the judges with an outfit made out of newspapers including the News Post Leader.
Tamlyn Nadine Smith, 17, of Ponteland, was voted Miss Popularity.
Stephanie Grieve, 17, of Alnwick, was judged to be the most photogenic title, winning a contract with Gateshead’s Glamrus Model Agency.
The event, in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, was organised by Gateshead’s One Voice Productions together with the News Post Leader and its sister papers.
The company’s Simon Robertson said: “I’d like to congratulate our 2012 winner, Stephanie Loraine, as well as all the girls involved.
“Laura Hickey raised the bar for Northumberland, and I’m sure Stephanie will follow in her footsteps.
“Stephanie has a phenomenal sports background and this being an Olympic year; she represents the best qualities Northumberland has to offer.
“Her profile sits well with health, fitness, personality and beauty aspects associated with Miss England.
“Stephanie will have a life-changing year, and we look forward to working with her over the next 12 months.”
The other finalists included Katie Bell, 22, of Lynemouth; Michaela Woodhead, 21, of Blyth; Mo May Kannitha, 17, of Blyth; Natalie Locke, 21, of Bedlington; Amy Vaziri, 23, of Bedlington; and Amy Fenwick, 22, of Ashington.