Five minutes with… Miss Great Britain Zara Holland

Published: Thursday 19th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Zara Holland was crowned Miss Great Britain in September – beating 50 other women across the UK for the prestigious award.

She chats to HEY Today about her Miss Great Britain triumph, life outside of beauty pageants and her plans for the future.

How did you feel when you were crowned Miss Great Britain?
It was a totally amazing feeling, I didn’t expect it at all. I put my heart and soul into it. I won the charity round as well on the night, raising more than £3,000 for Cancer Research.  It’s been the most amazing feeling, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind ever since I won. I was just really excited to represent Hull and I want to say thank you again to everyone who supported me and voted for me.

What does the role of Miss Great Britain actually entail?
I get to carry on with my charity work and do a lot of different things really. You’re not rich, but you get to be a role model to everyone out there. I’ll go to Miss Tourism next September where I’ll be representing Great Britain. It’s probably easier to ask what I’m not doing at the moment!

Your mother was crowned Miss Hull and District in 1982 – how has she influenced your pageant career?
Mum didn’t at all. I only started doing the whole pageant thing last year. Mum didn’t tell me to do them or anything like that – someone asked me to enter and I thought, ‘why not’. With mum doing them when she was my age – they have totally changed from then to now. But it’s great to have her around because she has all the best tips and everything so it’s always good to ask her for advice.

Away from your Miss Great Britain work, what occupies your time?
I’ve got two ladies fashion boutiques called Mimi Boutique – one in Hessle and one in Beverley – and they’ve been open for six years now, so when I’m not doing (public events) I’m there. They’re mine and my mum’s businesses so it’s good for when I have to go to London – my mum lets me. In a normal job I wouldn’t be able to do that, so I’m very lucky and fortunate. Obviously with my mum doing all the pageanting, she gets it and she’s so supportive.

You switched on the St Stephen’s Christmas lights last week, how did that go?
That was amazing. It was an honour to be there and get to switch on the lights at St Stephen’s. Calum Scott performed after the switch-on and I’ve been with him at a few events so it was nice to see him again.

You wowed the Miss Great Britain judges with your mono-skiing skills. How did you get into that?
I tried it on holiday one year. I’m really active, I’m training at Latus Training on Chanterlands Avenue – the guys are amazing there. I’m really into keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. I think it’s really important in this day and age. Everything in moderation. (But) I’ve got a massive sweet tooth – I can eat a whole chocolate cake. A bag of Minstrels can’t go amiss!

What would you like to accomplish in the future?
I really want to concentrate on (Miss Great Britain duties) and get my name out there and I want to carry on with my charity work. I do acting as well so one day it would be great to be in a soap full-time. I’ve had small parts in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks so it would be a dream come true to be in one of those full-time. It would be good as well to launch my own fashion line. I just want to spend the next year really concentrating on being Miss Great Britain, getting my name out there, helping others and being a role model for the country.

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Published: Thursday 19th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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