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Woman's bid to stamp out negative attitude towards beauty pageants

PUBLISHED: 16:31 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 05 June 2017

DiDi Davidson with her fundraising bucket at London Pride

DiDi Davidson with her fundraising bucket at London Pride

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DiDi Davidson hopes that she'll be a role model for all ages

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A Gravesend woman, in her forties, is taking part in a beauty pageant in a bid to show that the competition is about more than being a ‘pretty face.’

DiDi Davidson, 39, who has just moved to Gravesend from Bexleyheath, will walk the catwalk at the Miss Empress Beauty Pageant on June 10, in the ‘Classic Empress’ category for ladies over 30.

She said: “This beauty pageant is a chance for me, a woman in her prime, to show what I can do, and how I am a positive role mode. I want to stand up for body positive images, champion anti-racism, anti-homophobia, and raise positive standards for mental health.

“I am proud to be a modern gay woman of colour and faith, in a committed same sex relationship, and I will be volunteering, fundraising and being a positive advocate for the LGBT community in the run up to the pageant.

“I’d really like to change people’s views on this type of event by showing that they are not just about being physically beautiful but also being a good person and using your status to fundraise and raise awareness in the areas that you are passionate about.”

Ms Davidson has chosen children’s hospice Julia’s House as her main charity to fundraise for, but following the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, she will now run a campaign to raise money for the victims’ families as well.

She added: “I feel strongly that now is the time more than ever to stand up and be a positive role model. I want to encourage others to believe that they can accomplish their own goals whatever they may be and to publicise that pageants really have changed. They can be for anyone with ambition and who wants to make a difference.”

To sponsor Ms Davidson’s fundraising efforts for Julia’s House visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Didi-EmpressUK or www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/didi-davidson to donate to the terror attack victims.

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