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Tests, tears and tiaras: Pageant contestants battle written quizzes, hair disasters and costume changes in bid to become Miss England 2017 (with a winner who really does dream of curing the world of cancer)
By Katie French For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 14:40 BST, 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 19:16 BST
If you thought entering a pageant was easy, you couldn't be more wrong as our fascinating behind-the-scene photographs reveal.
From a gruelling written quiz to endless hours in hair and make-up on top of a sports course and panel interview, this year's 50 Miss England hopefuls were put through their paces to prove they were worthy of the title.
And if any were concerned they fell short on sporting agility or mental arithmetic they needn't worry as there were plenty of rounds focused on fashion and beauty to win back points.
The climax from months of preparation culminated in a glamorous event held at Resort World in Birmingham last night where Stephanie Hill was announced as winner - beating off 49 others in a tearful victory.
After years of trying, it seems the 22-year-old blonde managed to wow judges after revealing her dreams of curing cancer. But before her answer could be written off as cliche, the beauty revealed she was currently completing a degree in radiotherapy and intends to study a masters in the future.
This year Stephanie Hill representing Hope Valley pipped 49 others to the post for the title, after wowing the panel in her interview round. Having tried for years to win the title, she broke down in tears as those who lost out watched on
Winner! The 22-year-old beauty said she dreams of curing the world with cancer - and she may stand more of a chance of achieving this than previous pageant contestants worldwide who uttered similar sentiments. Miss Hill described how she plans to study oncology after completing her degree in radiotherapy
Pictured perfect: The 20 finalists of Miss World 2017 gathered on the stage at the end of the competition after months of preparation and hard work
Behind the scenes: Contestants pictured during rehearsals wearing their pink satin dressing gowns, embossed with the name of the area they represented
Tough test: This year wasn't all about posing in designer gowns as contestants underwent a written quiz
Knuckling down: Codie Yau, 18, won the Miss Popularity heat but hoped to also succeed in the written round
Contestants spent many an hour in the chair as beauticians and hairstylists set to work at making the girls 'pageant ready'
Pictured: Maisie Hobbs, Miss Nottingham, Olivia Green, Miss Genting Stoke and Zoe Dale, Miss Manchester
Rehearsing: The final show - where the winner was announced - was the result of hours of meticulous practicing. Pictured above, contestants watching rehearsals in Birmingham
Cheering them on: There was no hard feelings between the winners and losers of the pageant as these contestants proved, clapping on their rivals in the contest
Glamorous: Finalists Emma Pollard Miss Shropshire and Elli Wilson Miss Liverpool strutting their stuff on the catwalk
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