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Miss GB’s biggest scandals – from drunken party antics to title being stripped after sex

Pageant queens are known for their beauty, poise and grace.

But if you look a bit further than the wide smiles and glitzy tiaras, there’s often more than meets the eye.

At this year’s Miss Great Britain contest, Eden McAllister looked picture perfect as she was crowned by 2020 winner Jen Atkin.

Both were dressed in sparkly gowns and smiled for all the photographers.

But they’re probably glad there weren’t as many cameras around at the after party!

The wild night of fun reportedly had “more drama than Love Island” as there were drunken snogs, sobbing contestants and ladies tumbling over in their sky-high heels.



Eden McAllister
Eden McAllister won Miss Great Britain this year

Fabulous caught up with Miss GB 2020 Jen Atkin, who recently split from her husband and came out as bisexual.

The 28-year-old, from Grimsby, admitted she’s had a “wild” year since splitting from her partner.

Clearly enjoying single life, she revealed: “I’m a nightmare. I’ve got myself into a love triangle…

“Let’s hope this year’s beauty queen is better behaved than me.”

While Jen thinks she’s had a cheeky year, she hasn’t caused any major scandals like previous contestants at the pageant.

Women have been booted from the contest and stripped of their titles over the years.



Jen Atkin
Miss GB 2020 star Jen Atkin admits her year has been “a bit wild”

Here are the biggest controversies Miss Great Britain has seen over the years…

Danielle Lloyd

English model Danielle Lloyd has been in several scandals during her career.

She was stripped of her Miss Great Britain crown in 2006. This was one of her most notable scandals.

In 2004, she was crowned Miss England. She then won the Miss GB title in 2006.

But her victory was short-lived.

The same year, she was disqualified for her photoshoot with Playboy.



Danielle Lloyd
Danielle Lloyd’s Playboy shoot didn’t go down well with Miss GB judges



Danielle Lloyd and her former partner, West Ham footballer Teddy Sheringham
Danielle Lloyd and her former partner, West Ham footballer Teddy Sheringham, pictured in 2006

She was also removed from the position after speaking about her relationship with Teddy Sheringham, which she claims only developed after the pageant.

As he was one of the judges of the competition, some complained her appointment wasn’t fair.

Back in 2006, a statement on the Miss Great Britain website said: “Following recent claims in the press and magazines and the publicity given on the Playboy website for their next issue, we have sadly decided to strip Danielle Lloyd of her title as Miss Great Britain 2006 effective immediately.

“We are very sad that this action has been necessary and we wish her the best for the future.”

Zara Holland



Zara Holland
Zara Holland won Miss Great Britain back in 2015 – then her title was stripped

Zara Holland is another reality TV star to be stripped of her Miss GB title.

She was signed up to a series called Love Island after winning the 2015 pageant.

Alex Bowen and the singleton, aged 20, had sex on-screen with her. This raised eyebrows.

An official Miss GB statement read: “The feedback we have received from pageant insiders and members of the general public is such that we cannot promote Zara as a positive role model moving forward.

“We wholly understand everyone makes mistakes. But Zara, as an ­ambassador for Miss Great Britain, simply did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title.”



Zara Holland
Some disagreed with the decision to dethrone Zara

The decision proved to be controversial though, with some branding the rules “old fashioned”.

At the time, Yorkshire lass Zara responded: “You know when you’re in the moment and it just happens?

“Why couldn’t we have just gone to sleep?”

Shirlena Johnson



X Factor star Shirlena
X Factor star Shirlena was a familiar face on the pageant circuit

Another familiar face to be axed from Miss GB is X Factor star Shirlena.

The singer famously sung a quirky rendition of Duffy Song Mercy in 2010, before being pulled from the ITV show over “concerns for her mental health”.

Unfortunately for Shirlena her pageant career also ended.

Due to age rules, she was not allowed to compete. This became an issue when judges discovered that she was older than 30.

Miss Great Britain chief executive Liz Fuller said: “We have a vigorous interview policy to assess our girls. We had no doubt in her mental abilities. Shirlena has a lot of determination.

“She was a delight, she doesn’t give up. We’ve had girls who have come second in heats who we never see again, but Shirlena was determined to win, she kept coming back!

“She made it to three heats, even though she didn’t make the top five. She’s strong and smart. She was a great person and it’s a shame that she has gone. However, she did apologize.

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Miss GB's biggest scandals – from drunken party antics to title being stripped after sex
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