Birmingham news Brum's Legally Blonde! Trainee barrister in Miss England final MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Bella, 21, from Castle Bromwich, compared herself to Legally Blonde character Elle Woods
Breaking News ! A Birmingham trainee barrister will swap her wig and gown for a glittery dress after reaching the final of Miss England. Bella Hakim saw off competition from dozens of girls while balancing her Law degree studies to be crowned Miss Birmingham last week. The 21-year-old has compared herself to a real-life Legally Blonde - although she is a brunette! 2020's new Miss Birmingham, Bella Hakim (Image: SWNS) On her application for the contest, she referenced the 2001 comedy and said she was just like ditsy Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, who graduated top of her law class. Bella, who has also been compared to Meghan Markel, was handed her Birmingham crown by current Miss England winner Bhasa Mukherjee. The third year Keele University undergraduate will now compete against 21 other girls at the final to be held in Birmingham next April. Bella, from Castle Bromwich, said: "I've never done any kind of modelling, pageantry or anything like that before - this is my first time. “The last few years I have been busy working towards becoming a barrister but I thought why not give it a go. I never dreamed I would get this far. “On my application I thought for my 'interesting fact' I would just put something that is funny and to do with me. "So I said I really like the film Legally Blonde because I kind of relate to that character who is a bit ditsy but actually quite smart. “A lot of people said I look more like Meghan Markle in Suits and should have compared myself to her instead - but Legally Blonde is one of my favourite films." Bella, who is bilingual, has secured a place to study at San Diego state university in America and hopes to next complete a Legal Practice Course or join a top law firm. 2020's new Miss Birmingham, Bella Hakim. (Image: Tristan Potter / SWNS) She added: "The people on my course that you'd meet are typical law students. You find them in the library all the time and I don't think they go out much either. "It's a lot of work to do, but I've always been into extracurricular activities. “So my hobbies have always taken just as much time as my studies. I try to be as rounded a person that I can be." Bella, who is also a keen cheerleader and dancer, has also been balancing her studies with raising money for the prestigious beauty pageant. She added: “With lockdown its mostly been working from home trying to raise money for charity as part of the competition. “I've tried to do things in the community, like litter picking.
. “I'm going to try and get the cheerleading team and everyone to join in when I start again.
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"I also do dance as well as cheerleading at uni. I'm on the teams for both. I’ve been a dancer and performer since a young age and attended theatre school and ballet classes. "So I am very performing artsy and sporty. I just try to get involved in everything." Legal eagle Bella was encouraged to enter the competition by her her mum Lucy despite having no beauty pageant background.
2020's new Miss Birmingham, Bella Hakim
She added: "I think a lot of the girls I'd seen on social media had been entering for years and years now. “I think I was one of the few who'd never done this before. "My mum and I are very close and she said to go for it. I think it's kind of me living her dreams now because she wasn't ever confident enough to enter. "It's been a bit of a mother and daughter bonding experience. “I feel like I have to do my very best now with being Miss Birmingham and then the final being held in Birmingham as well.
“I'm third-generation British I think I have a bit to add to the competition in terms of diversity, because of my family background. “Honestly, I didn't think I'd get this far. When I first applied in January, I didn't have any idea of winning. I just wanted to enter. “So obviously now I've become more confident and I know that I have the same amount of chance as anybody else. “But I think I just have to stay humble with it as I'm just glad to be in competition.”
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