Natasha Worby in the Brentwood Gazette
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natasha Worby in the Brentwood Gazette
30 Gazette, We d n e s d a y, November 19, 2014 News BGA-EO1-S2 b re n t w o o d g a z e t t e .co.uk
Mum set to launch beauty
show with a big difference
Brentwood make-up artist is behind Alternative World Pageant
A MOTHER-OF-TWO from Brent-wood
is launching an alternative
beauty pageant in a bid to chal-lenge
common standards of
Photographer and self-taught
make-up artist Natasha Worby, of
Ongar Road, was fed up with the
notion that women could only be
beautiful if they looked a certain
way, after years spent working in
the corporate world.
She decided to create the
Alternative World Pageant, which
will be held next year, to break
away from the rigidity that she
feels exists in mainstream beauty
c o n t e s t s.
Mrs Worby, 30, who has pre-viously
worked with glamour
models and Towie stars, said: “It’s
time to stand up to the beauty
industry, as the discrimination
and prejudice which exists within
it is absolutely shocking.
“I have a lot of friends who have
taken part in pageants and
they’ve all told me that they feel
under pressure to look like a Vic-toria’s
Secret model, with big hair,
shiny white teeth and lots of
m a ke - u p.
“The pageant world regularly
discriminates against women
who are gay or transgender, as
well as against married mothers.
Even something as simple as
being tattooed or pierced is
enough for an applicant to be
re j e c t e d .
“I’ve worked on hundreds of
glamour modelling shoots and am
tattooed myself, which has caused
quite a stir at the school gates at
t i m e s.
“People can’t seem to compre-hend
that I’m a glamour photo-grapher
who isn’t afraid of doing
things a little differently, simply
because I’m also a mother. It’s
time to broaden what people think
about the real meaning of being
The grand final of Alternative
World will be held in London in
July next year.
According to Mrs Worby, the
only restriction on applicants is
that must be aged at least 18.
Those wishing to take part are
required to complete an online
application form and submit pho-t
Mrs Worby said: “I don’t want
the girls to submit photos so that
we can judge each one’s appear-ance.
The photos will simply help
us to put names to faces when we
meet the applicants for inter-views,
which will be the next
stage in the application process.
E V E N T: Mike Hawkins and Clive
Othen from the Brentwood
Chamber of Commerce
FIFTY traders came together at
a business networking event in
Brentwood to receive advice on
how to access vital funding
available to them.
Brentwood Borough Council
ran the event in partnership
with Essex County Council at
Poplars Hall in Hutton on
The aim of the day was to
engage with traders and
understand what they need as a
business, give an overview of the
finance available and introduce
businesses to partners and
organisations who can offer
further assistance and advice.
There were 50 traders who
visited the two workshops on the
day and met with 14 exhibitors,
who covered subject areas
ranging from grants to loans,
start-up support and bid writing.
Brentwood Borough Council’s
Chair of the Business and Town
Centres Committee, Councillor
David Kendall, said: “The event
was a fantastic opportunity for
businesses to find out how to
grow and alternative ways to
access sources of funding.
“I know from running a
business that it’s not always easy
to find the time to look for
funding too so I was glad that it
was made easier and everything
businesses needed was under
one roof for this event.”
“There is far more to a woman
than just her appearance – w hy
should she feel ashamed for look-ing
“I’m more interested in celeb-rating
strong women who are resi-lient
and are capable of
overcoming adversity and I think
those qualities have existed in the
ladies who have applied so far.
“We ’ve had interest from a wan-nabe
model that has been told by
agencies she needs to lose two
inches from her waist to make it
in the industry. She’s a size 8 to
“There have also been applic-ations
from others who are burns
victims or have survived severe
depression. These are exactly the
kind of women who deserve to feel
Mrs Worby admits choosing a
winner, in a contest which aims to
JUDGE: Katie Green has refused
to lose weight for model agencies
make all of its applicants feel good
about themselves, will be diffi-cult.
She said: “I want the judging
panel to be a real mix of people.
“For me, I’ll be judging women
based on their overall characters.
My ideal winner would be a
woman who has a natural pres-ence
and inspires me to be pos-itive
in my outlook.
“The inspiration behind setting
up the pageant comes from my
good friend, Dannika Daisy Jef-frey.
She’s heavily tattooed and is
constantly changing the colour of
her hair, from one bright colour to
a n o t h e r.
“She works in business mar-keting
and is really successful.
Dannika knows exactly who she
is as a person and won’t let anyone
tell her she has to look a certain
“All women should be this com-fortable
in their own skin.”
The judging panel includes
model Katie Green, who has
refused to lose weight in the past
to meet the demands of agencies.
Applicants must first progress
from the regional heats and the
Essex heat will take place in
Southend in May.
Mrs Worby said: “I’m so excited
to get things started and fingers
crossed it’ll make a positive dif-ference
to the women who take
“A woman shouldn’t be deemed
as any less beautiful just because
she doesn’t conform to this ideal
that demands that we’re all six
foot tall with rock hard abs. We’re
not in 1960 anymore.”
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STUDENTS and staff at
Brentwood School came together
to listen to the emotional story of
a Holocaust survivor.
An audience of more than 250
listened to Eva Clarke, above,
who was born in Mauthausen
Concentration Camp, Austria, on
April 29 1945 – just before the
end of the Second World War.
Fifteen members of Eva’s
family were murdered at
Auschwitz including her parents,
father, uncles, aunt and her
seven-year-old cousin Peter.
E va ’s survival was primarily
due to the incredible courage
and fortitude shown by her
mother, Anna Bergman.
Those who attended the talk
left with a renewed commitment
to challenge acts of prejudice.
Project to remove Dartford Crossing tollbooths is ready to begin
WORK will start next week to
and improve the road layout at
remove the tollbooths at the
the crossing will start two days
Dartford Crossing, pictured
earlier, on Friday, November 28.
right, ahead of the introduction
Highways Agency project
of the Dart Charge later this
director Nigel Gray said: “T he
payment booths have been part
The new payment scheme,
of the Dartford landscape since
which sees drivers paying their
1963 but they contribute to
toll charge in advance or by
congestion and cause delays.
midnight on the day of their
“T hat’s why they are being
journey, goes live at 6am on
removed and we are introducing
Sunday, November 30.
a new payment system called
Works to remove the tollbooths
The Dart Charge will see
drivers paying the toll online, by
phone, by post or in one of
thousands of shops.
Roadworks, which will see 27
lanes of traffic reduced to four in
each direction, will continue
until spring next year.
Erwan Huerre, services
transition manager at Connect
Plus, which is heading up the
changes at the Dartford
Crossing, said: “Initially, we’ll
work to demolish the
“Drivers should see the
benefits travelling over the QEII
Bridge after the first weekend of
“On the northbound side, the
works will take longer to
complete because we need to
construct a new tunnel safety
“During this time, road users
will still need to travel through
the existing barriers, but they
wo n’t be able to stop and pay
here anymore as the new system
will be operational.”
Natasha Worby of
CHANGE: The toll booths will be
removed at the Dartford Crossing