CHESHIRE is a county known for its natural beauty, and Nicola Moriarty is travelling the world to prove it.
The Chester-born model is flying out to Egypt today to take part in Top Model of the World – a competition second only to the Miss World finals.
The honour of representing her country comes after Nicola won several regional competitions, including the Miss British Isles finals held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester.
The 26-year-old said: “They pick girls from the circuit, and because I won Miss British Isles they asked me if I’ll represent the British Isles.
“In a way I’m used to success but I never expect to win – I don’t expect to win an international beauty pageant in a million years, but I’ll get to experience things many people won’t.”
Nicola, who lives in Runcorn and whose father Lionel works at Chester Magistrates Court, will spend 10 days in Egypt with time out for sightseeing and a Nile cruise. The 50 contestants will also take part in several rounds including swimwear and performing a talent.
Although she has been competing in pageants for only two years, Nicola has already won Miss Halton Vale, Miss Bredbury Hall in Stockport, came second in Miss British Isles last year and represented Chester twice in 2006 for the Miss British Isles and UK Model of the Year competitions.
The former hairdresser is now a professional model and has appeared in Zoo, Nuts, on Sky Sports’ World Darts Championships as the walk-on girl, and in newspapers in agony aunt columns.
She said: “I find it quite bizarre when I get picked – usually I’m the oldest girl. But I’m a single mum and I’m going to enjoy it!”