Miss England finals include 20-year-old Muslim law student. She would be the first beauty queen to wear a hijab on the Miss England catwalk.

Sara Iftekhar, a 20-year-old law student from Huddersfield hopes to win the Miss England crown at Kelham Hall, in Nottinghamshire next week.

Sara will be the first beauty queen to compete wearing a hijab. The other 49 hopeful contestants are fierce competition for the coveted Miss England to represent England in China at the Miss World competition.

Miss Iftekhar uses her Instagram to share photos of herself and also to raise money for Beauty with a Purpose.

The charity raises money to help unprivileged children around the world, and helps with things such as the Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, displaced children in Vietnam and those affected by natural disasters.

She said on Instagram that she ‘can’t even comprehend’ how ‘amazing it is’ to have reached the competition’s finals.

‘It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for’.

The winner of the competition will go on to the Miss World competition in Sanya in China.