A glamorous feminine chess champion dubbed a real-life Beth Harmon from ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is bidding to even be topped Miss England. Emily Cossey, 24, will swap enjoying the queen for being a magnificence queen when she treads the catwalk as the primary lady to succeed in this yr’s last.
The chemical engineering graduate solely took up pageantry 12 months in the past and was left surprised when she was introduced a Miss England 2022 finalist earlier this month. Emily gained the title of Charity Queen after elevating greater than £3,000 whereas collaborating in Miss London, robotically touchdown herself a spot within the prime 40.
The glitzy competitors is a far cry from her life as a chess prodigy however she hopes she will be able to use her platform to encourage extra girls to take up the sport. She says she was notably impressed by the Netflix sequence ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ staring Anya Taylor-Pleasure which grew to become a smash hit on the streaming service.
Emily, who was as soon as Surrey’s Beneath 16 women chess champion, needs to vary stereotypes of the sport and says: “You may nonetheless play chess and put on clothes.” Emily, of Chelsea, West London, added: “It is essential to have position fashions like that – to point out you can have each.
“I all the time beloved to play chess with my household, with my brother and pa. I’ve all the time grown up enjoying it. I joined the chess membership at school as I felt sorry for the trainer as nobody actually went. In an all-girls faculty women do not normally play.
“I attempted to get just a few of my buddies to affix. I discover the stigma is that in case you play it, you’re a bit bizarre. However I do not know why, as a result of it helps your mind. One of many causes I did not proceed in chess competitions is that there was loads of guys. You did not have lots of people to look as much as as a woman.
“That is why I really like The Queen’s Gambit. It exhibits that ladies can do each, put on clothes and play chess.”
Emily, who will compete within the last in October, mentioned getting into magnificence pageants was extra about “conserving in contact together with her female facet” as a scientist. She added: “I am not a mannequin, with pageantry it is extra about the kind of particular person you might be.
“Via faculty I suppressed the female facet to try to be accepted to thrive within the science business. It wasn’t till lockdown that I made a decision that I used to be lacking one thing and that I used to be lacking that female facet.
“This competitors is proving to me you can have each tutorial and the modeling facet. I additionally dwell with my dad and brother in the mean time, so I wanted that female power round me.
“It is only a good method of placing myself out of my consolation zone. Ever since I used to be a toddler, my mum has all the time wished me to participate in pageants and Miss England however I’ve all the time brushed it off.
“Then in lockdown, I began to understand I needn’t care what individuals suppose. I used to be on vacation on the time and keep in mind making use of. I felt assured sufficient in myself proper every now and then right here I’m, within the last.
“It was my first ever pageant and I gained. It was good enjoyable, I actually loved it.”
After getting into Miss London final yr, Emily impressed the judges by biking the complete 56 mile (91km) size of London’s Central Line in sooner or later. She added: “It was a fundraising spherical, I selected Papyrus – a suicide prevention charity. I cycled the entire size of the tube line in sooner or later. I assumed it was a great trigger.
“It was 91km, full biking it was eight hours in whole. I needed to cease at each station. “What they do is they seem to be a UK main suicide prevention charity. They concentrate on offering assist for suicidal individuals. They go round to varsities to lift consciousness.
“I am now actually excited to search out out concerning the totally different rounds and to organize. I by no means thought I’d get this far. There’s all the time going to be nerves and it is actually very totally different to chess.”
The ultimate of Miss England is being sponsored by Dentakay Dental Clinic and can happen at Coventry’s Coronary heart of England Convention Middle on October 17 this yr.