An Army cadet beauty queen with a passion for extreme sports has swapped her combat fatigues for the catwalk to reach the finals of Miss England.
Adrenaline-junkie Alina Green has been dubbed a real-life G.I Jane due to her love of daredevil hobbies – such as skydiving, mountain climbing and swimming with sharks.
The 21-year-old, who is a cadet officer at the Southampton University Officer Training Corps, is also a keen zip-liner, polo player and scuba diver.
Alina, of Bracknell, Berks., has reached the final of the prestigious beauty pageant this year after becoming one of the competition’s top fundraisers.
The Bournemouth Arts University third-year fashion design student was crowned Miss Dorset for the second year running after raising an impressive £10,000 for charity.
Adventure-loving Alina, who has also completed Tough Mudder and The Three Peaks Challenge, will compete in the final due to be held in Birmingham this October.
She said: “I enjoy doing quite extreme things and really like an adrenaline rush.
“I like doing things that will challenge myself as well and push my boundaries and I think being a cadet officer and beauty queen does that but in different ways.
“I just enjoy a bit of an adventure and that’s why I thought ‘why not give Miss England a go as well’.
“For the fundraising aspect of the competition, I just try to do things that are a bit different and out there. So far I have raised over £10,000 for charities.
“I wanted to give people a reason to give me money for the fundraising instead of doing something quite mundane.”
As part of fundraising efforts in her bid to be crowned Miss England, brave Alina will be diving with sharks on October 2 at the Bear Grylls Adventure in Birmingham.
Alina, who also holds an open water PADI license, added: “Most people probably wouldn’t want to do that but I personally enjoy that sort of stuff.
“Last year, I also did the Tough Mudder and Three Peaks Challenge and I’ve been on the world’s fastest zipline in Wales for charity as well.
“I also I went travelling in Bali where I did a dive clean, multiple beach cleans and climbed Mt Rinjani.
“I would love to do a bungee next – that’s probably the one that would scare me the most.”
Alina has been an officer cadet for just over a year and is considering joining the British Army Reserves once she has completed her training.
She added: “It’s really good for leadership qualities and you learn army skills as well. I personally love it and again it’s quite an ‘out there’ sort of thing to do.
“It’s really opened my eyes. The skills are perfect for the fashion industry. If I ever wanted to go into a top brand and lead it, I could.
“But I am thinking of possibly doing the reserves after uni. I am not 100 per cent sure yet, it depends on where life takes me.”
This year, Miss England contestants had to submit their introductions, catwalk and talent videos on Youtube after the competition was disrupted by coronavirus.
Regional winners were crowned in their kitchens and back gardens during lockdown to make it through to the semi-finals.
Alina said: “So far, the competition has been a bit difficult because of coronavirus.
“But I’m quite hopeful about it as its my second year – I know a bit more about what to do and feel a bit more organised.”
Alina has been raising money for organisations including Beauty With a Purpose and We Do Ethical’s tree planting pledge.
So far, Alina has collected over 800 tree planting pledges from a variety of donors and anyone wishing to donate can do so here: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/missdorset2020