Petrol-head mechanic ditches greasy overalls to become glam Miss England star

A petrol-head mechanic is downing tools to compete in the Miss England final.

Rachel Himsworth typically wears greasy overalls to repair cars at a Ford dealership garage.

She’s been in the industry since she was 16, when she got an apprenticeship working with broken-down motors.

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But the 25-year-old will be in a ball gown and high heels when she sashays down the catwalk at the famous pageant.

Rachel, from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, hopes to show other women they can work in male-dominated industries even if they like getting glammed up.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in modelling but never knew how to get into it.

“One of the reasons I entered the Miss England competition is to inspire women and prove to people that you can do both – be a model and a car mechanic.

"I just want to encourage women and show them they can do anything they put their minds to.

"I found out I got through to the final a few weeks ago, it’s come completely out of the blue but I’m very excited."

Rachel entered Miss England after seeing it being advertised on Instagram.

She’s been chosen for the final as a “wild card” and is set to compete against 45 girls in the final.

The mechanic turned model said: “I saw it online and thought I'd try my chances and apply – the next thing I knew I had made it to the finals.

"People at work were quite shocked and taken back when I first said I was competing but they have all been very supportive.

“I look very different at work to what I do when competing in Miss England.

"As a car mechanic, I wear work trousers a jumper and no makeup but when competing I wear makeup and dresses. I really enjoying the makeup aspect of it all.

“But I love being a mechanic, cars are something I’ve always been interested in since a young age. I really enjoy my jobs and fixing the cars.

“I did work experience at school at 15, and then did an apprenticeship at 16. Then worked my up that way. I’ve been doing this for nine or ten years now.

"I suppose it is quite different but it's all I've ever known so it's quite normal to me."

Rachel is taking part in the two-day Miss England 2022 final, sponsored by Dentakay, at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport on October 16 and 17.

The winner will represent England at the 71st Miss World final in December.


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