A GREAT Sutton beauty is hoping to become the next Miss England.
Jessica Simpson, 17, holds the Miss Manchester title and will battle it out for the national crown at the grand final in London on Friday.
If she’s victorious she will represent England in the Miss World contest in the Ukraine on October 4.
Jessica, who left Whitby High School sixth-form to become a full-time model, is the second successive Miss Manchester winner from Ellesmere Port after Alanna Merchant took the title last year.
And Jessica followed in the high-heeled footsteps of her mother, who won the crown at the same age.
She said: “There are a total of 50 finalists and I think I have a good chance of making the last 20.
“I’m really excited. It would be absolutely amazing to win.”
Jessica is also hoping to land the Miss Charity title, which she says would be a “great honour”.
She recently walked up Snowdonia to raise awareness of male cancer and has so far amassed £650 for Cancer Research.
The contestant who raises the most funds for charity will take the crown.
Jessica beat off competition from thousands of girls who applied online to be Miss Manchester to reach the final 40.
And she dazzled celebrity judges, including former footballer Lee Sharpe, boxer Frank Bruno and soap star Kym Marsh, in each round to make the last three before impressing during her onstage interview to take the crown.
She added: “I’m quite a confident person but I didn’t expect to win. It’s been great because I get to go to all the big events in Manchester.
“I’m currently modelling in London and I want to become an actress. My aim is to go to America.”
Jessica, who studied dance and drama at Mostyn House School, Parkgate, and Hammond School, Chester, has done TV work and modelling for companies such as CSL, Gamestation and TJ Hughes.
She also landed a part in BBC Three comedy Trexx and Flipside.