Alexandra eyes glory nationwide

Alexandra Devine
Alexandra Devine

TALENTED Alexandra Devine is a student, businesswoman and Miss Tees Valley – and she’s hopeful of landing another title this month.

The pretty 23-year-old from the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool already has Miss Sunderland and Miss Durham pageant wins to her name.

But she is hoping to secure her biggest title yet when she represents the area at the UK finals of Miss Intercontinental 2013 in Manchester.

It’s a contest she’s looking forward to and something else keeping her busy.

For as well as her pageant entries, Alexandra is also currently studying a Masters of Science Degree at Northumbria University in sport and exercise psychology and since October 2011 has run her own events company, Envied Events.

“I’m constantly busy but that’s the way I like it so I would never complain,” said Alexandra, who lives with her parents, Pauline, 47, and Joe, 53.

“I’m really looking forward to the Miss Intercontinental finals now, I have done quite a few pageants in the past but nothing for a while, but it would be incredible to win the national title.”

Hopefuls for the Miss Tees Valley competition, held earlier this year, had to send their entries in online before judges announced Alexandra as the winner.

She will now be going up against fellow local champions from all over the UK at the finals on April 21.

As well as spending hours studying and running her own firm, which organised a Miss Cleveland competition last month, Alexandra makes sure she leaves time to dedicate her effort to charities.

She did two car boot sales helping to raise £131 for Butterwick Hospice and spent an afternoon in the kitchen earlier this week baking cakes which she delivered to an Age UK Tuesday Club, in Sunderland.

And last year Alexandra appeared on the screens of millions when she won BBC show Pointless, which she described as an “absolutely fantastic experience”.

With a thriving business, a degree soon to be joined by a masters degree to her name and an upcoming national beauty pageant, Alexandra has an exciting future ahead, but for now she says she is planning to continue to keep her options open.

“I really enjoy doing the pageants, they’re good fun,” added the former Egglescliffe School pupil and student at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington.

“The business is going really well and I know I can go down the psychology route when all my studies are finished.”