A stunning ‘real country girl’ who mucks out cows for a living has won a national BEAUTY contest.
Equestrian coach Celena Wolfe impressed judges in the UK with her unique double life – and combination of her charity work, good looks and farmyard-fit body.
And the 34 year-old, who works a farm looking after more than 70 beef cattle, has now been crowned Ms. Galaxy UK 2017.
She vied for the UK title with 35 other contestants from all over England Scotland and Wales.
Her prize is a trip to the US to compete for the Ms. Galaxy International crown in Orlando, Florida where she will once again swap her wellies for her heels.
Celena, who runs the farm with long-term boyfriend Jonathan, says she has a double life.
She said: “I am a real country girl. I love my farming, dogs and horses.
“But who doesn’t like to get glammed up every once in a while too?”
Over the past year she has made some 32 appearances as Ms. Cornwall Galaxy and raised over £2,000 for UK-based leading cancer hospital The Christie.
But she says this is only the beginning of what she wants to achieve.
She added: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been working for this for two years. But this is where the hard work really begins.
“Galaxy, run by New York born Maria Torres, is the sixth biggest pageant system in the world and I intend to do the UK, and of course Cornwall proud.”
Celena, of St Tudy, Cornwall, said a lot more hard work than people realise goes into pageantry.
She added: “Most people are shocked at the amount of time, effort and dedication that goes into a competition for the whole year leading up to it. And then if you are lucky enough to win, a whole year after too. It’s full of charity work, making appearances and bringing awareness.
“The gowns and strutting about on stage is just one day in those two years.”
The glitz and glamour of the beauty pageant is a far cry from the day-to-day graft Celena is used to on the farm.
She said she was always very shy but started to come out of her shell after joining the cheer-leading squad at university.
She said: “I used to watch the TV and saw people doing modelling in beauty pageants and wished I could do it.
“I thought it was always out of my reach, but slowly as I got older I thought I might be able to give it a go.”
Her journey began when she took part in Miss County of Cornwall in 2005 and represented the county in the Miss England pageant the following year.
But she confessed she was “out of her depth” at Miss England and said that the jobs really took off when she reached 30.
Celena said: “Doing what I do has made me realise that you are never too old.
“Beauty does not start going downhill from 25 onwards like everyone thinks it does. It is such a confidence booster.”
Cornwall’s last national beauty pageant winner was Sharon Jermyn from Penzance who was crowned Miss Britain back in 1975.