By Chris Jaffray
This TRUCKING gorgeous pageant queen has a lorryload of secrets – by day she’s an HGV expert who loves getting her hands dirty in the yard.
Blonde beauty Ella Rees, 19, is set to strut her stuff on the Miss England catwalk in the final of the beauty contest later this month but actually prefers donning a boiler suit and being surrounded by blokes and lorries.
The teenage businesswoman, from Feltham, Middlesex, has always loved cars and set up her own company aged 16 after leaving school following her GCSEs – washing, painting and selling the vehicles herself.
And when people can’t believe she’s the one running the show and ask to speak to someone else she tells them she is the only one as she works for herself in a company of one.
Speaking about working in the male-dominated industry, Ella said: “My dad’s family business has always been heavy good vehicles, I deal with the smaller side of things.
“I do all my own work, everything myself and I don’t rely on anybody.
“But I think some people get a surprise when they call up my company and it isn’t a man who answers.
“They are shocked and say ‘can I speak to someone selling the vehicles’, they don’t expect it to be me.
“I think older generations find it a more of a shock, when they come to look round they ask is there anybody else and I say ‘I am the only one’.
“Likewise, some of then men I come across at work are quite shocked when they find out I do beauty pageants, they don’t expect it from me.
“What I look like at work isn’t exactly what you would expect from somebody doing a beauty pageant – but I see myself as someone who breaks the mould.”
Ella decided aged 16 to dive straight into the working world after studying GCSE business and leaving school after these exams.
She took a course in bookkeeping and decided to invest her savings in the unique career choice at such a young age rather than following her pals to university.
As well as running the commercial vehicle business – where her motto is stack ’em high, sell them low – she helps her dad out with administration duties for his company.
And she revealed she sees herself as someone who like to break the mould as nobody in the two very different worlds she lives in each can’t quite believe the other.
She previously competed in the selfie round of Miss England and she is set to take place in the final of the national pageant in Newcastle later this month in the photo heat round sponsored by the Gainford Group.
The winner will advance to Miss World and will win a trip to Mauritius from Mauritius Tourism.
Ella said: “I started my business when I was 16, this is all I have ever done.
“When the other pageant girls realise my day job it is quite a bit of a shock, people say ‘I wasn’t expecting that’.
“They often think I should be doing something in beauty.
“But my job helps because I deal with all sorts of different people and different cultures.
“I have done a few pageants and some people think you just have to be pretty but it’s much more than that, I like it because it is a sign of femininity and empowerment.
“I’m nervous but excited to take part in the Miss England final – I’m just going to keep trying.”