Alexandra Wallrock will be representing Lymington at her third Miss Hampshire finals this year when the event takes place on March 12th.

The 23-year-old beauty (pictured) said that "it's great to be selected again" but she is expecting 2016 to be a tough one for her. 

"It is going to be a really tough final." Alex replied when asked about her expectations for the event. 

"I think that having done it so long I have the experience advantage and will know a lot of the girls before I start."  

"It's going to be great to catch up with those girls and they are brilliant competitors, but in that respect it can make it quite nerve-wracking because you know how good they are."

"But you also get to see all the new girls and I think it's great to see so many coming into pageants. I'm actually quite jealous because I'd loved my first one." Alex continued. 

"I'm so excited to be a part of it and really get involved. Half of it is that I love competing and half of it is that I love meeting the girls."

"It's always so great whether you win or lose. I always have a really good day and meet some wonderful people." 

The final will challenge the competitors and require them to show a combination of beauty, creativity and intelligence throughout. They will need to show that creativity and some resourcefulness in the eco-dress round, where they must make a planet-friendly dress out of recycled materials, while other rounds include photography (done prior to the competition) and interview rounds, where the ladies must present themselves in a professional manner.   

The atmosphere of the Miss Hampshire final, and how well the competitors get along, is one of the key elements for Alex. "I meet some amazing girls and make some really nice lifelong friends. At one of the pageants I did before one of the girls dresses broke in between the change. Every single one of us turned round and offered her a spare dress. It's things like that I want to come back for every year."  

"I feel that pageants are a really great thing for the modern girl." Alex added. "It helps give you poise, presence, practice at interviews, how to dress, how to walk and how to talk. It helps give you a really good grounding and lets you meet a really good group of girls, especially when you are trying to navigate awkward teenage years."  

Alex, who also owns a vintage clothing company named Marie's Wardrobe, was one of the entire competitions youngest ever participants six years ago and she is hoping to make her experience count. 

"The big advantage for me is that I won't have the initial nerves and know what to expect." She explained. "I know how to get changed out of a ball gown into an eco gown in ten seconds flat. So I have some advantages there for me. I might come across a judge who liked my look in a previous pageant or the way that I spoke."

Alex added that she felt quite lucky to be able to come back and take part in a third final. "I just love to compete and it's so nice to have it run by Larissa (Hirst, the current reigning Miss Hampshire) which I think is amazing. We did our first pageant together so it's so nice that she is running it."

When looking at the competition itself, Alex said that she would love to win Miss Hampshire, but added that it would be an honour to represent her county at higher stages in the competition. 

"I would love to win Miss Hampshire and make a difference within the local community with charity work and to help the county in the best way that I can. I'd love to do that but I'd really love to be able to go to the national finals and give Hampshire a really good name."

"If I was able to win Miss England and compete for the country it would be an absolute honour and privilege. Just being able to represent my county in the Miss England finals would be amazing." 

The Miss Hampshire final is scheduled to take place on the 12th of March 2016 at the Alton House Hotel. Further details can be found on their Facebook page (click here), and on the Miss England website (click here).  

2nd February 2016 - Alex Barnes