The Beauty Queens Gambit – Chess Champion in the Race to Miss England

A glamorous female chess champion called the real-life Beth Harmon from ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is also bidding to be crowned Miss England. Emily Kosi, 24, will take on the role of queen to become a beauty queen while walking the catwalk as the first woman to reach this year’s finals.

The chemical engineering graduate had competed only 12 months back and was stunned when she was announced the Miss England 2022 finalist earlier this month. Emily won the title of charity queen after raising over £3,000 while attending Miss London, automatically placing herself in the top 40.

Dazzling competition is far from her life as a chess prodigy, but she hopes she can use her platform to encourage more women to take up the sport. She says she was particularly inspired by “The Queen’s Gambit,” the Netflix series starring Anya Taylor-Joy, which became a smash hit on the streaming service.

Emily, once Surrey’s under-16 girls’ chess champion, wants to change the game’s stereotypes, saying: “You can still play chess and get dressed.” Emily from Chelsea, West London, said: “It’s important to have this kind of role model – to show you can have both.

“I always loved playing chess with my family, with my brother and dad. I have always grown up playing it. I joined the chess club at school because I felt sorry for the teacher because no one really went. Girls usually don’t play in girls’ school.

“I tried to get some of my friends involved. I think the stigma is that if you play it, you’re kinda weird. But I don’t know why, because it helps your brain. In chess competitions One of the reasons I didn’t continue is because there were too many guys. You didn’t have many people to see you as a girl.

“That’s why I love The Queen’s Gambit. It shows that women can both work, dress, and play chess.”

Emily, who will attend the finals in October, said entering the beauty pageant was more about “getting in touch with your feminine side” as a scientist. She continued: “I’m not a model, pageantry has more to do with what type of person you are.

“During school I repressed the feminine side to try and be accepted in the science industry. It wasn’t until lockdown that I decided I was missing something and I was missing that feminine side. Is.

“This competition is proving to me that you can have both an academic and a modeling side. I also live with my father and brother at the moment, so I needed that feminine energy around me.

Emily Kosi, 24

“It’s a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone. Ever since I was a kid, my mother always wanted me to compete and compete in Miss England but I’ve always avoided it.

“Then in the lockdown, I started realizing that I don’t have to care about what people think. I was on leave at the time and I remember applying. I just felt very confident in myself and then here I am, in the final.

“It was my first competition and I won. It was good fun, I really enjoyed it.”

After entering Miss London last year, Emily impressed the judges by cycling the full 56 miles (91 km) of London’s Central Line in one day. She continued: “It was a fundraising round, I chose Papyrus – a suicide prevention charity. I cycled the full length of the tube line in one day. I thought it was a good cause.”

“It was 91km, full cycling it was eight hours total. I had to stop at every station.” What they do is they are the UK’s leading suicide prevention charity. They are experts in providing support for suicidal people. They go to schools to raise awareness.

“I’m really excited to learn and prepare for the different rounds now. I never thought I’d be able to reach this far. There’s always going to be a nervous one and it’s definitely very different from chess.”

The Miss England final is being sponsored by Dentacke Dental Clinic and will take place on 17 October this year at the Heart of England convention center in Coventry.

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