A FARMER from Bodmin Moor, Celena Wolfe, has won the title of Ms Galaxy UK 2017, bringing home the county’s first national beauty pageant win for nearly 50 years.
Celena, 34, who leads a somewhat double life, being both a farmer and equestrian coach, as well as a beauty queen, said: “I am a real country girl. I love my farming, dogs and horses — but who doesn’t like to get glammed up every once in a while too?”
As Ms Galaxy Cornwall, she vied for the UK title with 35 other contestants from all over England, Scotland and Wales. Now this summer, she’ll be swapping her wellies for her heels once more after winning a once in a lifetime trip to the US to compete for the Ms Galaxy international crown in Orlando, Florida.
Over the past year, she has made some 32 appearances as Ms Cornwall Galaxy and raised over £2,000 for UK based leading cancer hospital, The Christie. But this is only the beginning according to Celena.
She said: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been working for this for two years. But this is where the hard work really begins. Galaxy, run by New York born Maria Torres, is the sixth biggest pageant system in the world and I intend to do the UK, and of course Cornwall, proud.”
If her regular job isn’t enough, Celena who was previously crowned Inspiration Woman UK in 2015, is only too aware of all the hard work that goes into being involved in pageantry.
She said: “Most people are shocked at the amount of time, effort and dedication that goes into a competition for the whole year leading up to it, and then if you are lucky enough to win, a whole year after too. It’s full of charity work, making appearances and bringing awareness.
“The gowns and strutting about on stage is just one day in those two years. We have a saying in pageantry — ‘if you want a crown, buy one. If you want to lead and inspire, earn one’.”
Cornwall’s last national beauty pageant winner was Sharon Jermyn from Penzance who was crowned Miss Britain in 1975.