TWO friends from west Wiltshire are aiming to show the world they have got what it takes to be a national pageant queen.

Laura Davis and her best friend Lyndsay Mizen competed in a national pageant in 2017 for the Miss Voluptuous UK title.

Two years ago, Laura, 38, won the title and Lyndsay, 39, finished in the top ten out of 26 finalists.

After a two-year break, the pair have decided to enter the competition again.

“We’re rocking it for the more mature ladies,” said Laura, who is mum to a three-year-old daughter, Elera.

“We took a year or so out after competing in the 2017 national pageant but have decided to enter again because it is so much fun,” said Miss Davis.

"This time, there are 23 finalists. The girls are all exceptional but we are hoping to win."

Lyndsay added: "This year we have decided to come back bigger and better and try again.

"Although we are best friends, we are very supportive of each other but I sincerely hope that I win."

The pageant provides an opportunity for size 14+ women to share their ideas and visions for the future.

The Miss Voluptuous UK final will be held at the Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre next October 9 and 10 2020.

The pair could also be in with the chance to win the Miss Voluptuous England title as the competition has changed to include winners for the four UK nations.

The UK winner will receive a prize and the opportunity to compete for the Miss Voluptuous International title in Chicago in March 2021.

Miss Davis, of Priory Close, Bradford on Avon, works in The Weaving Shed restaurant in the town.

She suffers from Keratoconus, a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped clear window of the eye (cornea) progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop.

“I have a corneal disorder and am waiting for a transplant at the Bristol Eye Hospital.

“In the meantime, I am raising funds for sight-loss charities, such as Guide Dogs for the Blind.”

Miss Davis is also a Cos Player and is a member of a performance art group which wears costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

“I recently dressed up as the Evil Queen from Snow White to help out at the Westbury Christmas Lights switch-on.

“We have also produced a Cos Play calendar to raise funds for the Terence Higgins Trust.”

Lyndsay, of Bremeridge Road, Westbury, works for Nutricia in Trowbridge and lives with her partner Ian Brown.

Her chosen charities include MIND and BPD, a charity working with people who have a borderline personality disorder.