Friday, 6 January 2012
Former Ms England Rachel Christie Speaks to the Fashion Police
My name is Rachel Christie and I was crowned the 'First Black Miss England'.
2)What best 3 words describe you as a person?
three words thats best describe me is One ina Million!
3)What made you compete in the Miss England pageant?
I decided to compete in the Miss England competition because i was scouted for modelling quite a lot from a young age, and thought id just give it a go! I also had issues with my confidence, I wasn't confident growing up, so i just plucked up the courage to throw myself in front of hundreds of people half naked (in a bikini) and thought "what have i got to lose". it was a great experience over all and winning helped me with my confidence too.
4)Did you ever think one day you would be wearing the Miss England crown?
When i entered Miss England, there were so many girls who had been preened and pruned for the competition, and being an athlete i was a girl who hardly ever wore makeup and was so in to sports, i had also been in a pretty bad car crash the day before and had a slight black eye and whiplash, so i didn't ever imagine i would ever be the winner of Miss England. When i won i was in complete shock!
5)What did you learn from being in the contest?
I wouldn't say i have learned anything from being in the competition, but it made me so proud of who I am, and I had a lot of encouragement and brilliant support from everyone especially the black community and that made me so happy. i've always believed in 'being yourself' because your true colours show sooner or later when you put on an act, and most of the girls were 'acting' and i suppose the judges could see straight through it.
6)What one thing cant you leave home without?
I cant ever leave home without....lip gloss! or just something to go on my lips, theres nothing worse than having dry lips, yuk!
7)What would make the former Miss England running to the dance floor to shake her booty?
wow! theres so many songs im loving at the moment, and i love all types of genres of music, but the one that just makes me dance even if im in a mood has got to be Rihanna 'We Found Love' i love it!
8)What are your 3 fashion tips you live by?
My three fashion tips are.....
1.If im showing my legs on a night out, I don't reveal too much on top
2.I always try to have a bit of individuality in my outfits
3.I love wearing heels and stilettos when i'm out they accentuate the legs and i like to embrace my height.
9)What advice would you have for aspiring ladies who would also love to compete in pageants?
The advice I would give to ladies who aspire to compete in beauty pageants is to just go for it! i would also say even though it 'is' a competition to just have fun, if you get too serious and you think you've won it already it will spoil the experience (if its your first time) and if you don't win you'll not be happy! and as destiny child once said "if at first you don't succeed, pick yourself up and try again" go in to these competitions with individuality.
10) If you was given 2 tickets to attend any 2 other pageants which 2 would you go to and why?
If I was given 2 tickets to attend two other beauty pageants it would be...Miss Jamaica and Miss G.B
11)What do you enjoy doing when your free?
I have a pretty busy schedule at the moment with training and looking after my baby! So in my free time i like to have 'me' time and that consists of beauty treatments, like having my nails or hair done or even just sitting down watching TV!
12)Are you single/married/relationship?
Yes I'm in a relationship and have been for nearly 3 years now.
13)Describe in your own words what true beauty is?
I think True beauty is an inner reflection of happiness.
14)What makes a man a real gentleman in your eyes?
A real gentleman is someone who respects women and never stops trying to show a girl how much she means to him, even after he's got her.
15)If you was put into the kitchen to prepare a meal for the fashion police news reporters what meal what you prepare and why?
I would make you Jerk Chicken and rice! I make my Jerk marinade from scratch, I love West Indian food and I enjoy cooking it.
16)If you was given the power to change the fashion world what would you change and why?
I wouldn't change anything about the fashion industry, but I would definitely put more black and asian girls on the runway and have a curvy range of models too, skinny girls aren't the only girls who wear clothes!
17)What are your thought on size zero models and women with curves on the catwalks/bill boards?
I think that size zero models are uncomfortable to look at. Its ok to be slim and healthy, but to be size zero is unhealthy, its women who are pressurised in to being skinny and it has gone over board. when young girls watch fashion shows and see underweight women, they think that that must be beautiful if there on a catwalk, but its seriously unhealthy and dangerous. I think the fashion industry need to promote more women who are more curvy!
18)If you was granted to do a photo shoot with 4 people of your choice from the uk who would you choose and why?
I would love to do a photo shoot with Naomi Campbell, because she is my idol in the fashion industry. I would also want to do a shoot with Jessica Ennis who's a heptathlete for Great Britain,Romeo from so-solid crew because even after like 9years! I still fancy him, and Catwalk Professor because he's just amazing!
19)What perfume you love most?
I love 'Black Orchid' by Tom Ford
20)If you had to attend a red carpet event and had to choose one designer to wear who would you choose and why?
Lorena Sarbu and Victoria Beckham there dresses are elegant and sexy.