A former Miss England beauty queen is turning her back on pageants and kicking off her high-heels to swap them for a high-vis as she is set to become a lorry driver.
The bombshell is turning her back on the pageantry world as she trains to become a lorry driver due to a shortage of UK truckers.
Milly Everatt, 22, grew up on her parent’s farm and is working towards a new career in a traditionally male-dominated industry in order to challenge the stereotype many women within the industry face.
She grew up on a farm so is no stranger to managing big vehicles as she used to drive tractors around.
Milly is training for both her Class 1 and Class 2 HGV licence which could see her behind the wheel of 44-tonne lorries.
She was inspired to make the jump after a combination of events, including Covid, Brexit and other factors which led to a shortage of HGV drivers across the country.
The career change is a far cry from her glamourous pageant days as she walked 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% to 3% of HGV drivers are female, something that Milly is trying to change.
She 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.
“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 licence, much more than your average driving licence 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.”
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."
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