A well figured, gorgeous grandmother is competing in the final of a beauty pageant against women decades younger than her and is even braving the bikini round to show off her size eight figure. Amanda Booth, 54, vowed to live life to the full after her son Stuart, 30, was killed in a car accident five years ago.
But it took her until this year to finally fulfil her modelling dreams by entering a beauty pageant and next month she will compete in the Ms Galaxy competition. Competition bosses have confirmed she is the oldest contestant and is likely to be more than 20 years older than her fellow finalists in the over-30s section.
But that hasn't stopped the size eight grandmother-of-five from entering the contest - which will see her model a bikini in front of hundreds of strangers. Retail manager Amanda, from Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire, said: 'When Stuart died I was just devastated.
'I lost my job and nearly lost my home. Things were awful, but I had to somehow start to rebuild my life. 'I just had to do something for myself. His accident changed my perception of life and after a while it has made me more positive. 'I feel a lot younger than I am and lots of people say I look a lot younger, so hopefully it won't make a difference.'
However, she admits to feeling nervous when she realised she would have to go on stage in swimwear. 'When I was told there was a bikini round, I did think: "Oh my God wearing a bikini on stage at my age"',' she revealed. 'But it is very easy to sit at home and then suddenly realise you have done nothing with your life.
'It might put me out of my comfort zone, but these are the kind of things that I have to force myself to do.' And Amanda believes that if her son could see her now, he would feel proud of what she's doing. 'I think Stuart would say, "Fair play mum". He is my motivation for doing this and I am sure that he would be proud of me having the courage to try something new.
The last thing he would want is me sitting at home upset. You have to make the most of the time you have.' Stuart, a father-of-three, died in December 2008 after he fell from a taxi in Bristol, and spent eight days fighting for his life. Devastated Amanda, who has another daughter, always wanted to try modelling but only plucked up the courage to have professional photos taken in February.
She sent them to the organisers of Ms Galaxy and was astonished when she got through to the final, which takes place in Preston on February 4. 'I thought it was a joke and I am just so pleased to get to the final,' said Amanda, who has a 26.5 inch waist and goes to the gym three times a week.
'I'm quite a determined person and when I get something in my head I try my hardest to achieve it. 'I will be nervous getting up in a bikini next to younger women, but I'm going to give it my best shot.'
The Galaxy pageants run categories in the UK including Mrs, Ms, Miss, Miss Teen, & Junior Miss Galaxy open to all females, aged 12 and above. This year will be the first time there has been a Ms Galaxy category in the competition for unmarried women aged over 30.
The winners of the UK Galaxy Pageants travel to the USA to compete in the Galaxy International Pageant in Florida. There will be four stages including competitions in a cocktail dress, an evening gown and a bikini.
Fit and looks good for her age. Really Inspiring.