Brave Harrogate teen Lucy Morgan placed in the top ten at the Miss Leeds final two months after suffering burns to 25 per cent of her body.
The former Harrogate Grammar School pupil took to the stage on Saturday night (May, 10), despite still being bandaged up following a bonfire explosion in March.
Lucy, 19, spent a month at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and had to endure painful skin grafts and physiotherapy to get back on her feet.
She said: “I still had to wear bandages on my legs and my arm, my dress was long so you couldn’t see my legs and I glammed up my sleeve a bit with a bracelet.
“It was really exciting when I found out I was in the top ten. It was an achievement for me just to be there so a top ten placement was great.
“The other girls were so nice, there was no cattiness at all. Olivia Caven, who is Miss Harrogate came down to support me.”
Lucy won the interview round of the competition and moved the judges with the story of her recovery. She also took part in a phoenix themed photoshoot ahead of the competition.
The teenager took part in a whirlwind week of publicity ahead of the finals, appearing in several newspapers and live on BBC Look North before taking home the Stray FM bravery award on Friday night.
“It has boosted my confidence, although being on live TV was stressful.”
Lucy has now returned to college and to work at Harrogate Skills 4 Living which sponsored her Miss Leeds entry. She still faces recovery treatment and hopes to raise money for the hospital which a charity horse ride.