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And why does it need you? Well if you are an eligible and interesting young resident of Bath, then you should know that the city is taking aim at beauty pageant stereotypes with their latest Miss Bath competition. Officials are out to change the image of beauty pageants everywhere—beginning in Bath. This year, contest officials have put out the call for young women who are not just beautiful, but also intelligent and multifaceted. They’re hoping to revolutionize the contest’s image. It’s not just the Miss Bath competition and its image at stake, however. The winner of the Miss Bath title will have the chance to go on and compete for the title of Miss England, currently held by Jessica Linley. The Miss England title then feeds into the competition for the Miss World title.

A Year of Change

So why are Bath officials so interested in a change this year? The Miss Bath competition wasn’t held last year, but this year, with the challenge of revitalizing and modernizing the role ahead of them, there are already several promising candidates applying for the a role in the contest. Says Linley, “The ethos of Miss England is beauty with a purpose. It is so much more than looking beautiful.” She believes that the nature of the title and the role behind requires intelligence and charisma as well as beauty. So, too, do officials.

Are You Interested?

The contest is open to single young women between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four. They must be residents of Bath and they must be childless. Entries are accepted until January 7th and organizers are hopeful that their final, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel one of many luxury hotel Bath, will feature the top twelve contestants. According to Director Angie Beasley “Bath is a beautiful city and we want to make sure it’s represented in 2011.” The six women who are the currently selected competitors, as well as any other women selected to compete, will be given a period of a month to promote themselves and secure votes on the competition’s website. After that, there will be a decision making luncheon where the winner will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Linley, Beasley, and representatives from the event sponser, Dappa. The winner will be crowned at the hotels Bath location and awarded a prize through Dappa. Her next competition will be a regional heat for Miss England, which will take place in the summer.

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