A Miss England beauty queen is swapping high-heels for high-vis as she trains to become a lorry driver due to a shortage of UK truckers.
Farmer’s daughter and model Milly Everatt, 22, is working towards a new career in a traditionally male-dominated industry in a bid to break the stereotype.
She is currently training for both her Class 1 and Class 2 HGV license which could see her behind the wheel of 44 tonne lorries.
Milly is already used to driving tractors around her father’s farm and believes the step up to huge trucks is the next logical progression.
She said she was inspired to do so after a combination of Covid, Brexit and other factors led to a shortage of lorry drivers across the country.
The career change is a far cry from her time on the catwalk as a model and finalist in the Miss England beauty contest.
The former Miss Lincolnshire was crowned Miss Charity in 2018 after raising the most money for good causes.
Four years later, stunning Milly is now on course to become a lorry driver to prove it’s “not just 40-year-old men” who can operate heavy-duty vehicles.
It is currently estimated that only 1 per cent to 3 per cent of HGV drivers are female, in what is one of the biggest gender imbalances in British society.
Milly, of Eastoft, Lincs., said: “I think we’re in modern times and there’s nothing to stop girls getting involved in that kind of thing.
“It’s not the norm but it should be. It’s also something people don’t think about often, it’s not thought about enough in feminism.
“I know some farmers daughters who don’t do anything to help their parents farm.
“Agriculture has been forgotten about by feminism.
“Anything that breaks the stereotype has to be a good thing. I want to prove its not just 40-year-old men that do this job and if it inspires other women to do the same, that would be amazing.
“There’s a lot to do to get a HGV license, much more than your average driving license and I’m currently focusing on the theory side.
“I’ve been having a go of lorries on the yard and I’ll soon be out there on the roads all being well.
“But when I first started to learn, it was funny when I hopped out of the lorry. I’m quite little and everyone laughed.”
Obtaining a HGV license has always been on Milly’s model list of things to do despite her modeling past.
She said: “It was always on my list of things to do. I should’ve done it at 18. But I was doing my A-Levels and then the pandemic happened so I put it off.
“It’s something that I want to have under my belt. I have horses so it could help for that and I’ll can use it to take grain in – it’s something I’ll use everyday while I’m on the farm.
“The shortage of HGV drivers last year really spurred me on, it made me want to get it again.”
Milly first considered applying for Miss England because of her sister’s modeling past and she aims to enter the prestigious pageant once again this year.
She recently enjoyed a free luxury trip away from the farm with other five other Miss England finalists to stay at Lux Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius.
She added: “My mum and my sister both did modelling, it was always something that was going on.
“My older sister had done Miss England and I thought about doing it.
“When I entered online I never thought it would go further. I was surprised when I got a call back.
“I was only 18 at the time. It made me more confident in speaking to an audience, I got used to speaking with adults. It brought me out of my shell.
“We also have a family farm which I work on, so I’ve always been around heavy machinery.
“The trip to Mauritius recently was a much needed break from the farm and the wet and windy British weather.
“The farming side is a bit of a curve ball I suppose, I know I don’t look like a farmer but I really enjoy it and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.”