Weightlifting and beauty pageants are not usually activities that coincide but for 21-year-old Sarah Davies from Leeds, pairing the two together was an easy decision.The full time PE teacher, who is representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, says “she is trying to break down the stereotype” of a typical beauty queen.
Sarah, who was Miss Leeds in 2012, says “strong is the new sexy” and is aiming to change the way women view themselves.Sarah says she was inspired to take up the sport by her weightlifting boyfriend, Jack Oliver, who’s also featuring in the Commonwealth Games.
‘It shows you don’t have to be manly to enjoy the sport and you don’t have to be skinny to be a beauty queen,’ she told the MailOnline.
‘I hope that my training as a weightlifter will help people realise that beauty pageants have come a long way since the 1970s because I think outside of the pageant community, a lot of people think they are still really outdated.’
She added that other beauty queen hopefuls were now coming to her for exercise advice.
‘I hope that because I’m so far from the stereotypical beauty queen, young people will realise that the way to get the body you want isn’t through starving yourself.’
Weightlifting PE teacher and beauty queen, Sarah Davies (21) from Leeds, West Yorkshire is passionate about changing the image of women in sport. following success in both weight lifting and beauty pageants. The former Miss Leeds, has qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer and for the senior world championships in Khazakhstan in November.
Sarah Davies is proof that you can mix brawn and beauty. The stunning 21 year-old has qualified for the Commonwealth Games as a weightlifter – while also competing as a beauty queen. Sarah, a full-time PE teacher, says she is passionate about changing the image of women with her contrasting roles. She said: “I hope that because I’m so far from the stereotypical beauty queen, young people will realise that the way to get the body you want isn’t through starving yourself.
Sarah qualified for the Commonwealth Games after totalling 190kg with a 83kg snatch and 107kg jerk in the English Weightlifting Championships.
‘I think strong is the new sexy,’ she added.