Sara Manchipp Miss European Global Wales 2020
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Sara Jessica Manchipp Miss European Global Wales 2020.
Full name: Sara Jessica Manchipp
Title/Year: Miss European Global Wales 2020
Pageant System: Miss European Global
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: I love palaeontology ( an interest in dinosaur fossils, I enjoy both collecting and searching for them) Walking my two chihuahuas Coco and Timmy.
Years competed: 9
Countries visited: 12
Likes: Tea, spending time with my grandparents, walks up the mountain, animals and helping others.
Dislikes: People with no manners, ignorance, heights, the smell of uncooked fish and cotton wool.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a fluent Welsh speaker, and I incredibly patriotic and have a huge love for Wales. I love getting involved as many things as possible, and learning as many new things as I can. I currently hold three University level degrees, my first is a BSc in psychology and counselling, my second is a PGCE/PCET (which is my teacher training qualification, I am a qualified college lecturer) and most recently I have graduated from my masters degree in abnormal and clinical psychology. I currently work in events and promotions, and get to travel to many exciting places and meet a variety of different and interesting people. I am a big family person and love spending time with my grandparents, who I am so lucky to have as such wonderful role models in my life.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
With much more awareness of gender inequality in todays society, (particularly with regards to men being paid more than women), empowerment amongst women is a subject which is being discussed more and more, and companies are taking notice. It is also a powerful thing that men are also standing up for the rights of women and the pay gap inequality, which shows that although we are united as women to make a difference in the world, that men are also supportive of our cause. A high profile example of this is Benedict Cumberbatch in 2018, whereby he refused to take on a roll in a Hollywood movie because his female co star would be getting paid less than him. Women's empowerment is no longer perpetuated simply by females, for with support from both the sexes, inequality amongst the genders will soon be a thing of the past.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I first competed in the regional heat of Miss Wales (Miss Neath Port Talbot) in February 2011, where I was lucky enough to win my first pageant. Through this, I then won a place in the National competition of Miss Wales in July 2011. I then went on to win my national title and went on to represent Wales at Miss World in November 2011. I then went on to compete in Miss European global in 2013, placing in the top three girls for Wales, but missing out on the Welsh title. In November 2019 I went back to compete in the same pageant and won the top girl for Wales and came in the top 7 girls in Europe.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was inspired to enter my first pageant out of curiosity. I had no friends that were into pageants or modelling, and when I saw a pageant advertised on Facebook I filled in the online application and my journey began from there.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I chose to compete for my current title, after competing in 2013 and missing out on the top Welsh title. I felt that no, as I have recently turned 30, I would get back out there, to show that age has no limit on what one is capable of achieving.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss European Global is a pageant whereby women from across Europe compete in teams of up to ten, and participate in group activities throughout the five days that the pageant runs. Empowering one another is key, whereby we work together to compete challenges such as scavenger hunts and a team dances. The five days includes a white gala dinner, a pajama party and day trips to France and to Canterbry in England. On the night of the final, the top three girls will be called from each country, where one top girl will be selected from the top three to be in the final seven, where one will be crowned Miss European Global.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
One of the great things about Miss European Global is that you are not just judged on the night of the competition. Throughout the five days, the judges and directors are with us every single day, at breakfast through to the evening, so we were constantly being judged throughout. Our interactions with the other girls and the judges, our attitude and time keeping as well as being a positive influence on the team.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
The competition was a wonderful experience for me to step out of my comfort zone after not competing in pageants for many years. I went with the attitude that I would just enjoy myself, and that anything else that came from it was a bonus. I believe that it was this attitude that lead me to doing as well as I did, because I genuinely enjoyed every single minute of the experience. The directors were all wonderful and the pageant organisers always made us all feel welcome and appreciated.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I am a huge animal lover and have always enjoyed volunteering for animal charities. Since winning my title, I have been fundraising for and raising awareness of a local dog shelter called Hope Rescue. We raise money for the shelter as well as collect donations of toys and bedding and food for the dogs. As well as Hope rescue, I am also involved with fundraising for Tenovus cancer care, that raises money for those who have been affected by cancer. We have promoted the causes on Welsh television and can not wait to continue with our fundraising efforts.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have appeared on Welsh television, as well as Welsh radio promoting Miss European Global Wales. I have also appeared at events at hospital raising money for Tenovus cancer care as well as at Kylie Rose Boutique, a pageant dress fairy god mother.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have gained college and University qualifications, as well as been awarded student of the year after the completion of my Alevels.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe that I am just as worthy as every single other girl on the stage, and just feel so lucky to have had this opportunity. I have a positive outlook on life, and try to enjoy the experience rather than seeing it as a competition, and I believe that may have helped me succeed at winning my title.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was in total shock and couldn't keep my mouth closed when I was announced as the winner! The crown also kept falling off my head as it was so heavy - the best moment ever, regardless of whether it was perfect or not!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
I feel privileged to be able to represent my pageant, as well as the wonderful charitable causes that we work closely with. I feel so very lucky, because being a pageant queen is something that many girls can only ever dream of, so I count my blessings every day that I am in the position that I am in.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to participate in various television shows, radio interviews and modelling/photoshoots, that I would not have had the opportunity to had it not been for my pageant title. I also feel that competing has improved my self esteem and confidence, with regards to being on stage, as well as having the confidence to speak publicly and to meet new people with confidence.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your selfesteem and body image?
I feel that being on stage has helped improve my body image, because it gives me the confidence to bare myself, warts and all to the world, and to be accepted for who I am. Further to this, I love the idea that many pageants are now more inclusive, including women of different sizes, body shapes, with tattoos, etc, and I feel that this is an important step forward to show that there is not just one ideal of beauty in the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I aim to be the best role model that I can to the women of my country and beyond. It is an honour and a privilege to be in the position that I am in and I will always remember how lucky that I am.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I hold my head high and imagine that I have a piece of rope coming from my head holding my up and improving my posture. A constant smile is also very important, and taking your time at the front of the stage, so that the judges get to see that I am not in a rush to leave the stage!
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I didn't have much time to prepare for my latest pageant as it was quite a last minute thing. What I did do however, was ensure that I had moisturizing face masks with me, body moisturizer and eye creams to help with the late nights and early mornings.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
The only tip that I could give, would be to practice for hours and hours. Before my first pageant, I practiced everywhere, in work, in college, walking down the street - every street is a catwalk!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
In order to chose the perfect pageant dress would be to take somebody with you to choose your dress, as well as to take note of the person in the shop and listen to their tips. They have probably had numerous pageant girls in the shop before, so can help you find the dress that's suited to your body shape, skin tone, etc. Also, try lots of different dresses on, and be sure that if it is too long, that you have it shortened before going on stage!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Prepare in advance what you want to say, and take three key points in with you that you would like to tell the judges about yourself. What three things make you unique and why the judges should choose you to be their winner. Practice what you are going to say and maybe recite it to a friend or a family member, to practice good eye contact and posture.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
In my last competition, I hadn't had my evening gown taken up high enough and I tripped on it on stage! Luckily I managed to carry on, but that could have been a lot messier!
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Quite often girls are too quick when they are walking on stage because of nerves. Walking too quickly doesn't let the judges see you and to judge you properly on your outfit or your walk, plus it makes you look as though you do not want to be there.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I have modelled for a few magazines and have even been featured on a t shirt! I have also acted in small roles for Welsh television soap dramas.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
In 2020, I plan to take on every opportunity that comes my way, and to be the best version of myself that I ever have been.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I would love to show women that no matter what their background that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Further to this, I am only 5'3 and am considered short for a pageant queen, however regardless of this, it has not stopped me from achieving my dreams!
International Director: John Trickey
National Director: Ellen Jones
Your Local Director: Ellen Jones World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Sara Manchipp Miss European Global Wales 2020, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Picture Perfect Port Talbot
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