A woman from Flitwick will be taking to the catwalk in the final of a contest for plus-size ladies.
Kerensa Smith, 41, was selected from 1,100 entrants to take part in the Miss Plus Size International pageant in London on Saturday, November 23.
The former pupil of Redbourn Upper School, who is a keen horse rider and motorcyclist, will be taking to the catwalk in swimwear, casual clothes and evening attire. All women in the final must be size 18 or over.
Kerensa said: “I’m 5ft 9in and a perfect size 22. I went to the auditions which were really great fun with a good atmosphere.” Following further interviews, she was chosen as a finalist.
She added: “I believe we are living in diverse times where all things are possible so if there is something you want to do just follow your dreams and keep believing. Don’t let size or age hold you back - just be the best you can be with what you have got. There is a great world out there, and maybe life does begin at 40!”
Kerensa has teamed up with local guitarist Mick Geddes to perform in a show after the contest, being held in the Grand Connaught Rooms.
She added: “I have a fan page on Facebook that I would really like the local people to support. Most pictures are taken in the local area by Bedfordshire photographer Michaela Zena Boniface. There are some amazing places around us and I have enjoyed incorporating them into my page - find it at kerensa smith miss plus size international finalist 2013.”
Kerensa somes from a family known for centuries in the horse dealing trade and they originally had a yard on Gwyn Street in Bedford, on an area now the bus station.
She added: “We still continue with the family tradition of selling horses in Flitwick and I am often seen riding my horses around the local area.”