Dagenham beauty queen takes on the world in China contest

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 March 2016

Sarah Rich

Sarah Rich


Travelling the world, experiencing new cultures, dressing up as famous monarchs – the borough’s beauty queen is doing it all.

Sarah Rich, 27, has rocketed onto the global pageant scene since beginning her catwalk career in August last year, and recently celebrated a top-10 finish at Mrs World 2016 in China.

The former Dagenham St Vincent’s Primary pupil represented the country as Mrs Great Britain – an upgrade from her former title of Mrs Essex – in Dongguan earlier this month.

“It was an amazing experience,” she said.

“We got to travel quite a lot and the people had such a friendly, welcoming personality.”

Sarah said touring the communist nation was a “bit of a culture shock” – but something she was very glad to have done.

“It was quite odd, but I’m open to new cultures,” she said.

“The food was a bit strange – I saw someone eat a whole chicken’s head and I tried bird’s nest soup.

“It was interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be having it again.”

The competition itself consisted of interviews, a swimsuit and national dress round, seminars and press conferences.

Sarah’s take on British attire was, naturally, associated with royalty.

“I chose Queen Victoria,” she said. “It was a nice navy dress.”

The model, who got married last year, was elated to come sixth in the competition, which had representatives from 40 countries.

“Considering it’s not even been a year of doing this, I think it’s an awesome achievement,” she said.

“Mrs South Africa won, and she was absolutely the right person – she was really lovely.”

The next move for Sarah is to continue vying to become a full-time professional model, but she’s happy to enjoy the ride either way.

“It’s been incredible,” she said.

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