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Belper's Fliss Hilton bids to become Miss Earth 2010
Fliss Hilton
Fliss was told about the competition by an actress friend

A Belper beauty has reached the final of a competition which judges women on both their appearance and green credentials.

Fliss Hilton entered the Miss Earth contest after being told about it by a friend who regularly takes part.

The 26-year-old NHS administrator was initially reluctant but eventually decided she had nothing to lose.

Now she's been chosen to represent Derbyshire in September's final in Blackpool.

She will compete against 29 other green beauties for the top prize.

"Fairy godmother"

The contest has been running for ten years. Judges rate participants on their looks as well as their commitment to a greener lifestyle and their ideas for how to encourage others to do the same.

Fliss Hilton

As well as the title Miss Earth 2010, the winner will be given cash to distribute to environmental groups and projects of their own choosing.

Fliss told BBC Radio Derby's Aleena Naylor: "You get to go around waving your fairy godmother's wand making lots of green things happen!"

She says her green credentials come from growing up around nature and wildlife in Tansley near Matlock.

Fliss will present her manifesto on how we can all do 'greener' housework and she also has use recycled materials to create her own evening dress.

She explained: "I'm thinking of perhaps having shoelaces instead of spaghetti straps and I've got one or two other ideas which I'm keeping under my hat!"

The contest takes place on Saturday, 11th September.



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