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Beauty And The Brains: Cambridge Student Doctor Carina Tyrrell Wins Place In Miss England Final

08/04/2014 10:37 BST | Updated 08/04/2014 10:59 BST

A Cambridge University student has evidently been lucky enough to be blessed with both beauty and brains after winning a place in the Miss England final - while she's studying to become a doctor.

Carina Tyrrell was crowned Miss Cambridgeshire at the weekend, meaning will be representing the county at the Miss England competition in June.

The 24-year-old told Cambridge News her "heart stopped" when she was announced as the winner of the regional rounds. She beat 11 others to the title, with the judges saying the competition was one of the closest they had ever seen.

"It is just going to be such an honour to be representing Cambridgeshire as it is such a beautiful county," she said. "It’s all about inner beauty as well as outer beauty. I don’t know if I think I’m that beautiful but some other people do - so I thought I’d give it a go.

"Most of my fellow doctors are really supportive but a few were a bit perplexed. And my boyfriend is really excited."

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Tyrell is currently in her fifth year of medicine at the university's Murray Edwards College and is also president of the Global Health Society - which is working to help the homeless.

Angie Beasley, director of Miss England, added: "I'm delighted to say the Miss England competition is attracting a new breed of girls from all walks of life. Our message is Beauty with a Purpose - the ethos of Miss World. Carina is the first student doctor to reach the final and we think she has a great chance of taking the crown in Torquay in June."