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Writing her own prescription for career success; PHARMACIST, 24, IN MISS GB FINAL.

Byline: MARI JONES Daily Post Reporter mari.jones@trinitymirror.com

A GWYNEDD bookworm who has made it into the final of one of the UK's biggest beauty competitions says she's more than just a pretty face.

Radha Patel, who has a Welsh/Irish mother and an Indian father, grew up on a hillside in the Nant Ffrancon Pass, in Gwynedd.

The 24-year-old is a pre-registration pharmacist, and is currently working in a pharmacy in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The former St Gerard's School Trust pupil explained she enjoyed taking exams and is a self-confessed bookworm, but says her upbringing meant she also had the freedom to pursue other interests apart from academia.

"I took a year off after my degree to join a girl band called Office Girls UK, it was an amazing experience but I went back to complete my master's degree as I knew I'd regret it if I didn't," said Radha.

"To get into the finals of Miss Great Britain is every little girl's dream come true.

"There is a swimwear round but I'm actually looking forward to it.

"I find it empowering. I've met the other finalists and we are all different shapes and sizes, which is to be celebrated.

"I've got hang-ups about my body like everybody else.

"What's good about a pageant like Miss Great Britain is that it's also about your personality.

"It's about girl power and giving women confidence." She added: "I'm not sure if I call myself a feminist but I do believe in equality - it's important."

Radha is also a qualified yoga teacher and director of fitness company TOGA.

"My upbringing was a fusion of different cultures - Indian, Welsh and Irish," she said.

"My parents were relaxed about what my two brothers and I wanted to do, they always knew I was a keen learner and that I was always very ambitious, so they just let me get on with it.

"I'm a yoga teacher and have set up a fitness business called TOGA.

"People can view my yoga workshops on YouTube."

Radha will represent Gwynedd at the national final of Miss Great Britain 2017 on Friday, September 15.

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