Miss Leeds bids for peace in South Korea

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A Leeds beauty has been putting her peace-keeping skills into action while speaking to soldiers on the troubled Korean border.

Katie Farr, also known as Miss Leeds, has jetted over to South Korea for two weeks to take part in the World Miss University Pageant.

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The 23-year-old, from Horsforth, put her worries about the country to one side during a visit to the North Korean border, where she spoke to troops on the front line.

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A few countries have already dropped out of the beauty pageant due to safety fears after the country recently came under fire from neighbours North Korea.

Leeds University graduate Katie is representing England in the contest and told the YEP: "I am having a phenomenal time in Korea.

"All the worries of safety have been put at ease.

"We even went to the North Korean border to have a talk by the soldiers and it felt safe.

"They said they wouldn't tolerate another attack by North Korea."

Katie, who graduated from Leeds University last summer with a politics degree, would like to work with aid charities across the world.

She will be competing with more than 40 gorgeous graduates from across the world for the coveted title of World Miss University on December 12, in Seoul.

In between showcasing some stunning dresses, Katie is hoping to wow the judges with her special talent - kickboxing.

Katie will also attend a special peace and environment forum where she will discuss how to encourage world peace and what she thinks to the fighting in Korea.

She added: "We also visited the national memorial graveyard and over five million are buried there from the Korean War.

"It was very moving.

"There are 42 countries competing now because some didn't come because of safety worries or snow stopping their planes."

To register a free online vote for Katie - Miss England - visit the World Miss University website at www.wmu.or.kr.

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