A beauty queen contest winner has overcome being glassed in the face to be crowned Miss West Yorkshire.
Alexandra Homayoonpoor, 24, from Otley, was named winner of the regional heat and has gained entry to the Miss England semi-finals in London on May 25.
Lexi was glassed in the face at New Year 2010 in a pub in Headingley, Leeds, which meant she required surgery on her nose and was left with a scar.
The former Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil said: “My self confidence was really affected and I started entering pageants to improve my self-esteem. I was recently offered the chance of reconstructive surgery but have turned it down. I do have a scar and my nose is slightly deformed.
“Winning this title has not really sunk in yet. It was amazing, I was overwhelmed.”
Recalling the altercation which lead to her injury, she said: “The man swiped all the glasses across the table, cutting all down my arm and I felt like I’d been punched in the nose and blood’s streaming everywhere.”
She was taken to hospital by ambulance and was told her nostril had been cut in half. She had an operation and 12 stitches to repair the damage and to remove a shard of glass.
Alex has a masters degree from the University of Leeds in advertising and marketing and works at PR company Hatch Communications in Otley.
The eventual winner of Miss England goes through to the Miss World competition, which has a cash prize of $100,000.
Alex completed the Three Peaks challenge on March 17 to raise money for the Miss World charity ‘Beauty With A Purpose’.
The first runner-up named at the Huddersfield ceremony to find Miss West Yorkshire from 17 finalists was Alexandra Lilley, 19, from Halifax and second Runner-up was Maria Rimmer, aged 20, from Huddersfield.
Lexi also won a bespoke dress by Strictly Dresses, Leeds, and a photographic portfolio by Imagemaker Studios.