Natasha Neckles Pure International Ms United Kingdom 2019
Updated: Oct 13
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Natasha Neckles Pure International Ms United Kingdom 2019.
Full name: Natasha Neckles Title/Year: Pure International Ms United Kingdom 2019 Pageant System: Pure International Pageants Age: 33 Zodiac sign: Picese Hobbies: Singing and writing children's stories. I am a trained classical singer and have recently found a love of opera. I also love writing children's stories which my daughters love and I hope to get published soon. Platform: Raising awareness for hidden disabilities. 7 years ago I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E. and my life was forever changed. It has taken time to come to terms with my diagnosis and the new way in which I live my life but the pageant community is such a fantastic support network. And I really want to spread awareness and acceptance of invisible disabilities, not just in pageantry but in the world. Years competed: I have competed in pageants for around 5 years as I took a 4 year break after I became ill. But I have been involved in the pageant community for 9 years. I have friends from so many different systems and it's been so incredible to watch everyone grow and blossom within pageantry. Countries visited: Cayman Islands (my father lives a there), Egypt, France, Spain, Greece, Andorra, USA, Monaco, Barbados (My grandma was born there), St Lucia, Bahrain. Likes: Walking in the countryside with my daughter's, traditional British Afternoon Tea (at the Queens Hotel), volunteering in my local town to help preserve the bee population. And singing loudly while washing the dishes. Dislikes: British weather....it rains far too much here! Rudeness, my grandma always says "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Status: In a relationship World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I'm 33 years old and a mother to two amazing daughters Carmen who is 11 and Olivia is 3. I have a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism and when I was younger I dreamed of becoming a journalist and reading the news. When I was 24 I was in an A Cappella Trio called Carmen's Angels (named after my daughter). We did really well and performed nationally across the UK as well as competing in several singing competitions such as: The X Factor, Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? For me Empowerment means self acceptance. To turn struggle and challenges into success and opportunity. When I became Ill I had to train myself to see my situation as an opportunity to educate others on the challenges and also success stories of people living with a hidden illness or disability. For me this has been incredibly empowering. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I competed in my first pageant in 2011 it was a national pageant called Miss Spirit of True Beauty. I turned up knowing absolutely nothing about pageants and could not walk in my heels at all. But I left on a total high having met some incredible women that I am still friends with today. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
It all started when I did some Bridal dress modelling for a friend and the photographer there mentioned something about pageants. I didn't even know it was a thing in the UK but when I got home I was straight onto Google and I fell in love with what I saw. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I love the ethos of Pure International Pageants, it's very family orientated and being a busy mum this really appealed to me. As it was a new system to come to the UK I loved the idea of experiencing something completely unique. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Pure International Pageants is a faith based, family orientated and community service driven pageant. With such a strong emphasis on family and community service it really enables you to get the whole family involved with pageantry. I have adored doing many charity projects and appearances with my daughter's and seeing them learning about how they too can #BeTheImpact in their community. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? When I competed at National level we were judged on: Personal Interview, on Stage Introduction, Fashion Wear and Evening gown. At international level we had the fantastic opportunity for National Costume instead of fashion wear.....I loved seeing everyone's outfits so much fun. Pure also have the most incredible selection of optional competitions such as: Talent (which I won) runway, photogenic, Art work, craft etc so many options so something for everyone! World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I have to say this pageant both at National and International level is so incredibly organised, which makes for such a smooth running pageant. I was so relaxed competing in the UK it didn't feel like a competition day at all more like a family get together and I LOVED it. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. The pageants chosen charity is The Salvation Army, but I have also supported The Longfield Hospice that offer end of life care and support to both clients and their families as well as Action For M.E. as this is a deeply personal charity that has helped me on numerous occasions with my condition. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? I have done a variety of appearances with my title from walking in charity fashion shows to litter picking in the street in the rain with my youngest on my back in baby carrier. I have done a chocolate fun run for a local children's hospice and yes you really did receive a different chocolate bar for every completed lap! I think it's all about challenging yourself to try something new, I love getting glammed up but living in the countryside means there are lots of opportunities to get stuck in, help out and probably quite muddy. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? I think being proud of what I have achieved is an achievement in itself. With my condition I often feel I'm not doing enough, but this year I have tried not to compare myself to other's. I have completed 51 appearances in my year which as a mother of two with medical challenges is a big achievement. I have travelled 10s of thousands of miles and competed on the American international stage!!! Always believe in yourself and your achievements however big or small, and remember Comparison Kills Joy. World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? This is always a difficult question as everyone has their own strengths. But I would say my determination and loyalty. Regardless of titles system age are I want to be a sister to anyone who may need or want. So if it means lending out outfits, supporting my friends compete etc. I just want to be there for others and show my support. I will always be your cheerleader. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. Absolutely incredible moment. I had no idea I had won! I was absolutely ecstatic as this meant I would finally be able to compete in the USA!!! World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? I think being a Beauty Queen is about leading with an open heart. Whether you realise or not you are a role model and I know for certain that I have two young ladies watching me everyday. I want them to be proud and know that their mummy always worked hard to achieve her dreams. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life? Pageants saved me. When I started in pageants I was a young single mum to a toddler. I had very low self esteem and no self confidence. Pageants have given me confidence, support and lifelong friendship. Who else can I call up and talk for over 2hrs on the phone about anything pageant related than my pageant sister Queens. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image? My weight has always fluctuated throughout the years and once I became ill I went from a size UK 10 to a Uk16. But pageantry is not about your weight but how you carry yourself emotionally and physically. I was the my heaviest when I compete at nationals but also had the most confidence in my body. As a mother to girls I always want to show that confidence is not found in the size of jeans but the size of your heart. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? I honestly never think that I am. I think we all inspire each other. I'm constantly inspired but fellow Queens, contestants and directors and love watching them succeed. If I can inspire just one woman to believe in herself then I have achieved what I set out to do. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? Always be yourself! I'm clumsy and was worried I would trip on Stage. I did trip on evening wear but I just laughed it off and carried on. I believe it's my signature move now. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? I didn't have long to prepare for Nationals as I only joined the competition 10 days before the finals, but I did a lot of practice on my interview. And it certainly helped I wasn't nervous at all in interview and really enjoyed myself. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Practice, Practice, Practice! And don't be afraid to try a smaller heel! When I'm struggling with vertigo I will always switch to a smaller heel to feel more stable. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? Trying on lots of dresses and styles! I think after a few years I can pretty much look at a dress to know whether it will suit me or not. But trying them on is also so much fun!!! World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Relax, Breathe and Smile. You would be amazed how difficult it is to be nervous if you are smiling. Plus remember the judges are there to learn about YOU so tell them. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? I think for me my regrets were the times I did not believe in myself. These are the times I did not feel 100% confident was over critical of myself. I would totally tell this woman to breathe, and to know that we love her just the way she is. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? I think when contestants are so competitive they forget to enjoy the experience. I have made friends for life in pageantry and whether we are competing together or not we have the best time. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I have a little modelling experience but it's mainly come from pageants. I do have acting experience. I am an actress have appeared in many UK TV programmes and have been accepted onto a course at The world famous Bristol Old Vic school of acting. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen? Unfortunately I am handing over at the end of January but I cannot wait to see what 2020 has to offer. I can't wait to crown my successor and see her flourish n this system as I have. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? The legacy I want to leave behind is that despite your challenges in life you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Having a disability has made me more determined to expand my horizon and show that if I believe it I can achieve it. International Director: Ms Pat Miller National Director: Mr Matt Trayford Your Local Director: Mr Matt Trayford Pageant website: www.pureinternationalpageants.com World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Natasha Neckles Pure International Ms United Kingdom 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photographer is Ryan Cowburn: Media Digital Creative
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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