A WOMAN is swapping muddy boots for glamorous dresses in a bid for success at a beauty pageant.

Charlotte Dring, 24, from Rosedale Abbey, has been selected as a finalist for Miss North Yorkshire, which takes place at the Swan Hotel in Billingham, on April 17.

She studied for a degree in agriculture at Bishop Burton College and is currently working as a gazing manager for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

“I applied for Miss North Yorkshire to challenge the stereotypes of pageants,” said Charlotte.

“Being an agricultural girl, normally covered in mud and wearing wellies, I do enjoy the best of both worlds.

“Miss North Yorkshire has been eye-opening, the main focus is your confidence, charity work and acting as a role model.

“We are part of a developing world where women in agriculture have a voice and can insight change.”

All the Miss North Yorkshire finalists have taken part in charity projects, one being Zoe’s Place, a children’s hospice providing care to babies and infants.

Charlotte decided to split her fundraising with MS Society, as it holds a special place in her heart.

“My dad was diagnosed with MS, but he is enthusiastic and the most inspirational person I know,” said Charlotte. “I want to increase research and help anyway I can.”

Charlotte is hosting a charity fashion show, sponsored by Dringstone Ltd and Parnaby’s in Malton, at Harome Village Hall, on March 27, from 7pm. It will feature outfits from Parnaby’s, Ryedale business stalls and a raffle.