A Bradford mum is hoping to clinch a national title and use the status it would bring to raise awareness of eating disorders and low body confidence with children.
Kul Sarai is one of ten finalists competing in the Mrs UK World final in Beaconsfield this Sunday.
Competition organisers say they aimed to find wives who will inspire other women to better themselves and show that marriage can be “uplifting and enhancing to who they are”.
Mrs Sarai, who is an actress, said the prestige of winning the final would mean she could help children who suffer with confidence issues, something she can relate to from her own life. She believes that if she had the support and knowledge about eating disorders at a younger age she would not have become bulimic, which she suffered with for a short time.
“I think people just aren’t aware of it,” she said.
“If I were to go into a school as Mrs UK, rather than just me, I think people are more likely to listen. The main thing to do is target schools and explain it’s not just about how we look.”
The mother-of-two, who lives off Bolton Road, Bradford, also supports B-Eat, a charity that deals with eating disorders.
“For me it was very secretive. I didn’t let anybody know I was suffering. It was done quietly,” the 36-year-old said.
Mrs Sarai’s husband, Bob, 42, said: “Kul has a contagious and almost constant smile which reflects her inner peace and joy.”
On Sunday the finalists will take part in seminars and the winner will be picked based on an interview with a judging panel, personal presentation and catwalk performance.
The winner will represent the UK at an international competition in Bulgaria in July.