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Miss England is planning to become the first beauty queen in space. Jessica Gagen, 27, has shared her ambition to train as an astronaut and go into outer space. The budding rocket scientist wants to inspire girls and women to get into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
Jessica, from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, is studying aerospace engineering at the University of Liverpool and aims to apply to be an astronaut after three years in industry.
She said: “I hope me winning Miss England, as well as my aerospace passion, will show girls they can follow their dreams and goals and be whoever they want to be.
“My engineering degree opens up so many doors for me and one day I hope to apply to the European Space Agency to follow my dream.”
Jessica added: “I would love to go to space one day and I’m on the right path.”
She explained that after finishing her degree she would have to complete three years in industry and then apply to become an astronaut.
The space fan said: “My dream would be to visit the International Space Station and educate kids from space and make STEM content up there like Tim Peake did.
“Engineering is such a male dominated industry and I want to educate kids about the different engineering roles and show that women can work in STEM too.”
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Jessica’s dad, who works in the engineering industry, inspired her to follow in his footsteps when she was a youngster.
She started her degree when she was 24 at the same time as launching her modelling career.
Jessica said: “Both modelling and engineering offer so much variety as careers.
“Both jobs allow me to work on different projects every day and work all around the world.
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“The similarities between the two industries are why I chose engineering as my back-up.
“At university, my department has never had a soon-to-be Miss World competitor also studying for a degree in aerospace engineering and they think it’s great.”
Jessica was crowned Miss Lancashire in August and automatically gained a place in the Miss England final.
She was crowned Miss England in Birmingham earlier this year.
After years of bullying for having ginger hair, she became the first redhead to win the crown.
She recently paid a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Jessica said: “I learnt so much at the space centre.
“I am so passionate about my degree, but I only know about the mechanical side to space as opposed to the astrological facts.
“I always say that you learn every day and learning is for life. I want to inspire the next generation.”
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