A young Chesterfield woman is to compete in the Miss Swimsuit UK 2018 contest this week.
Emily Spence, 24, will take part in the competition on Friday.
The student nurse says she has never done anything like this before and is ‘nervous’ and ‘excited’.
She said: “The message I would like to promote is that no matter what you have been through in the past you can always make a change and bring positivity to your life.
“Winning for me would be amazing, I’ve always wanted to do something like this I just lacked the confidence.
“I’m ready to go out there and face the world with everything I’ve got.” She added: “I have never done anything like this before so it is new for me and something I am nervous but so excited for.”
The first part of the competition takes place in Newcastle at Bonbar on Friday.