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PAGEANT PRO: Hemel Hempstead’s Miss Hertfordshire finalist defies odds

 Published on: 25th July 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead resident is defying the odds after growing up in foster care, and is hoping to encourage others to “break out of the box”.

Marcie Reid, 28, will compete in the Miss Hertfordshire finals at Hitchin Priory on Saturday, July 29, and if she wins, could go on to compete in the Miss England finals.

She was previously crowned Miss Scotland 2022 at the Miss Earth competition and attended the Miss Earth international finals in the Philippines earlier this year.

Marcie spoke to HEMELnews and said: “I want to show others who have had a childhood like mine, that they don’t have to fit into the box that society pushes them into, and that we have just as much right to receive opportunities to flourish as those from regular upbringings.

“Breaking down the barriers that we often face as care leavers is difficult, and I want to prove that we are worthy of that hard work.”

The 2021 census found that 52 per cent of children growing up in care had a criminal conviction by the age of 24 , and Marcie is proving that this doesn’t need to be the case.

Marcie said: “These stats are mostly due to the boxes and limitations that society puts on us, that we feel we have to fit in. But we can be whoever we want to be whenever we want to be.

“Barriers exist for everyone, but especially those from my own background. But growing up in care and coming from a more difficult background is not a dirty secret, and it doesn’t define you as a person.”

As part of her pageantry, Marcie has climbed Ben Nevis and raised more than £2,500 for Women’s Aid. Now, she is fundraising for a new mission, which will see her abseiling down the tallest tower in the world, the National Lift Tower.

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