Norwich’s Kerry Brady named first runner-up in Miss British Empire pageant

Kerry Brady. Picture: Courtesy of Kerry Brady

Kerry Brady. Picture: Courtesy of Kerry Brady - Credit: Archant

A Norwich woman hopes a top result in an international beauty pageant will help open doors in the world of showbiz.

Kerry Brady, 26, was the first runner-up in the Miss British Empire pageant, which took place in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

Miss Brady said she was thrilled with the result.

She said: 'When they called my name I was so shocked but so happy as I was the only British girl that made the top 3; the other two girls were Australian.

'I'm hoping this will open up other opportunities and a potential change in career towards to entertainment/showbiz.'

Miss Brady, who works as a negotiator at Abbotts Countrywide, is a former Hellesdon High School pupil and was previously crowned 'Miss East Anglia' at a pageant in Cambridge in 2013.

Miss British Empire was her first international event, and she said it included some daunting moments.

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Miss Brady said: 'The most challenging part is getting up on that stage in a swimsuit.

'It's completely out of my comfort zone, but for you to grow more confident as I person I feel it's healthy to do things that pushes you further once in a while.'

Contestants were judged on their performance in a catwalk show, in answering a series of questions, and on other criteria such as stage presence.

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Miss Brady said she hoped to put the result to good use by inspiring others, and planned to start a fitness club.

She said she also wanted to continue supporting charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support.

She said: 'As first runner-up I want to do some fundraising and We've now launched a fit club at The Wellness Studios Norwich starting at 6pm on September 6.

'I believe it's about being a good role model and setting an example to others.'

Miss Brady said she also hoped to take part in a Miss Norfolk and Model of the Year pageant which takes place on September 23.

She said: 'The winner will be taken to the finals of Miss UK in October this year.'