THE winner of Miss Dorset 2015 hopes to use her new title to help boost the charities which she fundraises for.

Romy Simpkins, 21, won the public vote for this year's competition against Ellis Birchall and Georgia Lewis who were named in the top three.

She said that she is passionate about using her platform for good and to inspire others to become more ethically minded, while challenging any preconceived notions about pageant competitors and proactively helping the local community.

She said: "I've had so many amazing experiences and I can't wait to raise more awareness for fashion & beauty with a purpose.

"I want to focus on being a good role model for young women and inspire living an ethical lifestyle."

The charities which Romy supports include Barnado's, Stronbones and Age UK, as well as the Miss England and Miss World charity, Beauty with a Purpose.

As part of the competition, Romy had to model some of WeDoReDo's resort collection 2016 and Soda Beauty's natural hair and animal cruelty-free make up artistry.

Kelly Levell, founder of We Do Ethical Fashion, a not-for-profit organisation, who was also a judge for Miss Dorset, said: "Working in partnership with Miss England has been a fun, creative and successful experience in positively raising awareness of fast fashion.

"Romy is a true example of fashion and beauty with a purpose, as she is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside."

Romy will now be heading for the Miss England finals in August, competing against over 60 other regional finalists. The winner will then go on to the Miss World competition, which will be held in China in December, with a top prize of $100,000.