Seaford woman crowned Miss United Kingdom

A BUS DRIVING instructor was crowned Miss United Kingdom after an international competition.

Rebecca Kite said she was planning a “pageant retirement” until she was contacted by the Miss and Mr. Perfect of the Year pageants.

Having been a bus driver herself, Rebecca now teaches others for Brighton and Hove Buses at the Lewes Road depot.

When she won her last title on May 12, she said, “It was a little like, ‘Wait a minute, why me?’ but for whatever reason, they chose me and wanted me to represent the country.

“It’s an incredible feeling to have this opportunity.”

The Argus: Rebecca Kite 2022Rebecca Drachen 2022

The 28-year-old from Seaford was previously crowned Miss Brighton in 2018 after auditioning for the 2017 competition with a friend.

The following year, she entered the Miss Mystic Beauty online competition, which resulted in her victory as Miss Sussex.

In October 2019, she competed nationally and was the overall winner of Miss Mystic Beauty at her first live event.

Rebecca said: “When I won that title there was so many things I wanted to do with it but then Covid hit and everything got cancelled, I missed all the events I wanted to do which was a real shame.

The Argus: Rebecca Kite at Brighton Pride 2018Rebecca Kite at Brighton Pride 2018

“They extended the title to October 2021 but because it was in and out of lockdowns I wasn’t able to do that much with it.

“I had this kind of deceleration and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m giving up my title and I’m going high.’

“That was until this year when Miss and Mr Perfect contacted me and asked if I wanted to represent the UK.

“It’s nice because I have this title now. I’ve been able to do a few things already – I did the lifeboat festival a couple of weeks ago which was lovely.

“I’ve already arranged to march with the NSPCC at Pride this year, which is going to be really good.”

Rebecca said it was her desire to do charity work that prompted her to attend pageants.

The Argus: Rebecca Kite in 2019Rebecca Kite in 2019

She said: “It’s a lot more about what you want to represent, it’s more focused on your platform and what you want to achieve – the charity side.

“I never set out to be a beauty queen, I think I’m far from it, I went into it because I’m a real charity person and I love helping people.

“The festivals I’ve attended have all focused on how you want to help others, which I think is the most important thing.

“I feel like when I help other people, I’m doing what I’m meant to do in life. I am very happy.

“Festivals are a nice opportunity to integrate doing good into my life. I think when you have a title you can make a difference, it gives you the platform to help people. Seaford woman crowned Miss United Kingdom

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