Miss Leeds crowned World Miss University in South Korea

A Leeds stunner got an extra special birthday present when she scooped the title of World Miss University in South Korea.

Miss Leeds - Katie Farr - beat dozens of young graduates from across the globe to claim the title for England in the beauty pageant just days after her 24th birthday.

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Katie, from Horsforth, even had the chance to put her peace-keeping skills into action while speaking to soldiers on its troubled border with its North Korean neighbours.

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She put her worries to one side during her visit where she spoke to troops on the front line as part of her two week stay.

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Katie said: "I am absolutely over the moon to have won the international title for my country.

"Beauty pageants are not what they used to be and contests such as this should be championed as it celebrates intelligence and inner beauty.

"I aim use the title as a platform to speak on issues I am passionate about, to complete more volunteer work and give other young people opportunities to do so too."

Katie graduated from Leeds University last summer with a politics degree.

During her time in the troubled country she helped to deliver coal to poorer communities and made gimchi - a traditional Korean dish made from fermented vegetables and seasoning.

She added: "I think I learnt a lot more about Korea, its people and culture and the political tensions between the north and the south.

"To choose me as a winner amongst such beautiful and intelligent girls was amazing,"

The directors of Miss Leeds told the YEP: "It has been a true delight and proud moment to have the winner of Miss Leeds representing England in the World Miss University contest and to now see her win is simply outstanding.

"We knew Katie was in with a good chance due to her very positive stance on world peace and influential politics degree.

"She is a truly great girl with a big future ahead of her and this crown will no doubt give her a great base to work from whatever she chooses to do in life."

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