Fatime Gashi, 21, was named Miss Manchester after entering the local beauty pageant at the last minute

Fatime Gashi, 21, was named Miss Manchester after entering the local beauty pageant at the last minute

An aspiring doctor and model whose family fled war-torn Kosovo for Manchester as refugees is vying to become the next Miss England.

Fatime Gashi is in the running for the national crown after winning the Miss Manchester contest.

The 21-year-old university student and charity volunteer wowed the judges with her stunning looks and her inspirational message that “every time you help someone you are a hero”.

Winning Miss Manchester came as a huge shock to Fatime, who entered the pageant at the last minute after another young woman dropped out, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Fatime was just two-years-old when her family fled Kosovo in 1999 as refugees, escaping from Serbian genocide, to start a new life in Manchester, settling in Salford.

She is half way through a biomedicine degree at Salford University, and lives at home with her dad Demush, a driving instructor, mum Qefsere, who works for Amazon, and her younger brother and sister.

After claiming the title, Fatime said: “Manchester has given me so much and I feel like this is my way of giving back to my home city. This still feels like a dream.”

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