A Twickenham-based reporter will compete in the 70th Miss World contest and has been chosen to be in the running for Miss England.

25-Year-old Orianna-Rosa Royle is one of 18 contestants competing for the 'Miss England' title and hopes that she will make it through the online the semi-finals of the competition in June.

If successful in the 'online photo heat three' round, Ms Royle will gain a place in the semi-final.

She needs support before voting lines close on March 2, in order to win a place in the Miss England semi-final, which will be held in June 2020.

When asked about beauty pageants, Ms Royle said: "Beauty Pageants today are about so much more than beauty.

"The global platform will allow me to inspire young girls to shine through their adversities.

"I will continue to champion issues around diversity, like OCD - a neurodiversity I've battled with which is little understood.

"While inspiring girls from a working-class background like myself, that no matter what is currently pushing against you, no dream is too small."

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She believes that competing will allow her to champion diversity and inclusion on a global platform which can also help to break down stigma's surrounding mental health in the workplace.

The inspiration to focus on mental health derived from being diagnosed as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and having to navigate through work with the condition.

Initially Ms Royle says her family were confused mainly for cultural reasons and the fact that they were unable to see the correlation between reporting and beauty pageants but, Ms Royle believes that coming from a working-class family and deprived area is even more reason to enter the competition as young girls will hopefully be inspired to push through barriers and adversities.

She also believes that her Italian and Jewish Moroccan background as well as her condition are both elements that will set her aside from others.

Residents can show their support for Ms Royle by voting for her by texting MISS PHOTO13 to 63333.

Voters can vote up to 30 times a day and each vote costs 50p plus standard network rate.

Alternatively, residents can show support by reading and sharing this story with their wider network, or following Orianna Rosa Royle on social media which is @oriannarosa on Instagram and Twitter.

The winner of the public vote will automatically qualify for the Public Vote round in Miss England giving one winner a direct place in the Miss England final.