A regional daily journalist is set to enter a beauty pageant after being recruited while covering auditions for the contest.
Millie felt compelled to make the surprise proposition to Laura, 24, who was at first put off by the idea of entering.
However, she was eventually convinced and will now compete against 16 others for the 2017 title, which serves as a qualifying heat for the Miss England competition.
Said Laura: “I’m not a very confident person. I never really have been. So I’m hoping to build on that and come out of it a bit of a different person.
“When you look in magazines there’s a way girls are meant to look. Going to the auditions I saw so many different kinds of girls and I think, when you see that, you see pageants aren’t just about being tall or being size zero.”
She added: “I’ve never had my make-up done except for Halloween. There’s that girly side to it which I’ve never really done.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the girls as well. I’ve had the same group of friends since school, except for uni, so it’ll be really nice to meet new people. Sometimes you think you know everyone and you don’t.”
Millie told the Telegraph: “Laura was taking pictures and interviewing people and, when she was sat in the corner of the room, I thought ‘why aren’t you doing it?’
“So I went up to her and asked her. She was really put off at first as it was out of her comfort zone but I do think she’ll be a really good finalist.”
She added: “It’s not about getting plastered in make-up, it’s about showing who you really are. She’s a really nice girl so she’ll do fine and definitely enjoy it.”