An NHS paramedic who confronted crippling anxiousness has now swapped her ambulance for the catwalk as she bids to turn into the subsequent Miss England winner.
Alice Jones, 26, from Walsall, Birmingham, is 6ft and by no means had a relationship whereas in school as a result of she was taller than the entire boys.
She stated it left her feeling ‘like a freak’ and Alice needed to take 5 months off work at West Midlands Ambulance Service to get remedy for crippling anxiousness, self-doubt and physique picture points.
The 26-year-old stated that her issues stemmed from childhood and continued into maturity.
However after her life-saving work all through coronavirus, Alice grew in self-confidence and determined to enter Miss England and final Saturday walked the Nationwide Promenade Present catwalk in Birmingham.
Triumphing within the present, she now has a spot within the semi finals of the Miss England 2022 magnificence competitors.
Alice Jones, 26, pictured, from Walsall, Birmingham, determined to swap her ambulance for ballgowns after having remedy for anxiousness, self doubt and physique picture points and entered Miss England
The 26-year-old, pictured, walked on the Nationwide Promenade Present catwalk final Saturday and gained. She is now by to the semi finals of Miss England
Alice stated: ‘Miss England has all the time been one thing I’ve been involved in, however I by no means thought I had the arrogance to do it.
‘Mentally, I had a number of self-doubt and issues with physique picture points, however during the last couple years I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery.
‘After overcoming that, I assumed, “Why not enter?”. It’s the final 12 months I can enter Miss England due to my age.
‘I entered as a problem for myself because it’s utterly completely different to my everyday job as a paramedic.
‘I went from spending most my time in metal toe capped boots and my hair in a messy bun to carrying a elaborate costume with my hair and make-up carried out.
‘The day was superb, I met some beautiful folks and I really actually loved pushing myself out my consolation zone, strolling down the catwalk. It’s extra a confidence increase for me. I’ve by no means carried out something prefer it earlier than.’
Alice stated she determined to problem herself by getting into Miss England. Right here, Alice is pictured with Angie Beasley of Miss England on the Nationwide Promenade Present on Saturday
The 26-year-old stated she had grown in confidence sufficient to enter the competitors and that she is trying ahead to what the longer term holds
She added: ‘I had 5 months of remedy and it made me realise a number of issues and what’s necessary. There’s extra to life than being anxious and self-conscious.’
Working by the pandemic in all probability performed a small half nevertheless it additionally in all probability stemmed rather a lot from childhood.
‘Rising up, I believed I used to be not value something and that I used to be thick. As a result of I’m 6ft, I felt like a little bit of a freak as a result of I used to be so tall. I by no means actually had relationships as a result of I used to be taller than all around the boys – that did nothing for my confidence.
‘I needed to make a aware effort to slouch. I obtained feedback like “Gosh, you’re tall”. I discovered that uncomfortable. Clearly, I carried that by to maturity. At the same time as a paramedic I used to really feel like I didn’t need to be a paramedic.
‘The pandemic was powerful. The folks you have been going to have been actually poorly. I knew I used to be taking them away and that they weren’t coming again. I didn’t see any household through the pandemic. It was fairly isolating. However now, I’ve the arrogance to enter this competitors. I’m trying ahead to what the longer term holds and I welcome each problem that comes my means.’
She added: ‘It’s proof with sufficient dedication you may obtain something you place your thoughts to. My message to youthful women is to place your self and get your self out of the consolation zone. Getting by to the semi-finals was one thing I by no means anticipated, actually I’m so honoured and I’m actually having fun with the method to date.’
Alice, pictured right here with the opposite Miss England finalists, stated she is feeling honoured to have gotten by to the semi-finals and is actually having fun with the method