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Swapping her scrubs for a crown has always been on her cards. For 22-year-old paediatric nurse Rebecca Sinnarajah, winning the Miss England title means more than exhibiting a pretty face on stage. It is an opportunity to voice for the voiceless and the young.

“Miss England is about being an inspirational woman. My main purpose was to bring my beauty with a purpose to a global platform which is raising Mental Health Awareness in children and young people. It is not only important to educated children but also teachers and parents. I want to be the voice for the younger generation and set them a great example. One thing I always say is that no one needs to suffer in silence,” Rebecca opined.

Born with a Sri Lankan linage to parents, Vasanthan Sinnarajah who hails from Jaffna and Reno Sinnarajah from Colombo, Rebecca is now a finalist vying for the Miss England crown.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, like many other events, the Miss England contest was forced to cancel a series of events which had been scheduled to be held between March and June, 2020. The semi final was originally due to take place in June but due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions, this was not possible,” she explained.

The Miss England semi final was held on July 31 as a virtual event, with just the judges and host meeting at the Video News Factory in Milton Keynes. Contestants from across England joined via zoom after being invited to submit three videos to enter which consist of an introduction, a catwalk and a talent video.

“That was a new experience for me, and I loved every part of it. It hasn’t been easy as I have been working throughout this pandemic - juggling between my day and night shifts - but it is definitely possible with great time management. Throughout this competition I have given my 100 percent and have been positive throughout,” she said.

Being a woman of colour among the fair skinned beauties, Rebecca says that she did get her share of negative vibes for taking part in the beauty competition.

“I ignored all the cynical comments and carried on, especially since I have had great support from my family and friends,” she stated adding that she believes that she should win the Miss England 2020 title because she has a lot to give back to the community.

“I want to be help children and educate them on Mental Health Awareness. I would not say I’m any different to any of the other women in the competition but what I can say is I have a great passion for helping others and making sure that other women also has the same opportunity that I have had. This is what sets me apart from the others,” she stressed adding that she would look forward to the whole Miss World 2020 experience if she is chosen as Miss England.

“Being able to represent England would mean a lot to me,” she revealed.

“I will carry on my Mental Health Campaign and continue to educate children on this topic if I get the chance to be Miss World 2020. I will continue Humanitarian work and helping people where I am needed. For me Humanitarian means to have human values and an understanding of all situations that we share, regardless of race, ethnicity and social status. It is working towards common human goal and ensuring we support people with respect and dignity. I want to set a great example to the younger generation that this platform is not just about beauty, there is something beyond that,” she said. Rebecca also has a passion for Bollywood dancing. She has been dancing since she was five years and had done many stage performances and had won many accolades for her talent during her school days. Asked to share some of her beauty secrets, Rebecca says, “It is important to eat healthy and look after yourself. I have a skincare routine in which I use Tropic Skincare which is a natural, vegan and cruelty-free product. This has done wonders to my skin, leaving it smooth and soft. Being a nurse and working 12 hours shifts is not easy. So it is important that you pamper and treat yourself.”

Rebecca graduated from Middlesex University last year in Children’s Nursing before working as a Paediatric Nurse full time in the NHS (National Health Service).

Speaking about the feedback she received from her NHS colleagues Rebecca said that they were beyond excited when they heard that she had reached the Finals of Miss England.

“NHS have been working hard these days during the pandemic. Every week in the UK people were clapping their hands for us. It all does not end there. Doctors, teachers and other professionals who were working during the pandemic all got pay rise except nurses. This is very upsetting. Nurses have played a huge role in this, yet they got left out. If I win Miss England I will be campaigning for a better pay for my colleagues,” she remarked adding that as a NHS nurse her message to the public is that “we are all in this together.”

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