I was 16 when I entered Miss West Yorkshire. My mother had competed in the event at the same age so I thought why not give it a go.
I didn’t win but I was a runner up and I ended up receiving a lot of attention on social media.
After the competition, I ended up working full-time in the modelling industry, including featuring in advertisements for gyms and music videos.
I was extremely busy and travelling all over. Some days I would leave the house at 6am and not get back until 11pm – some weeks I would go seven days without a break.
It got extremely tiring and I felt I couldn’t do it forever. This was when I knew I had to cut down and start another career that I wanted to do for the long term.
I had always been interested in biology at school and despite not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I knew it would be something in healthcare.
After taking my GCSEs I applied to do A levels in Biology, Physical Education and Mathematics. I was thinking about a healthcare degree but I really wanted to find a job and go straight out to work.
I was only weeks away from taking A levels when I saw a vacancy for a dental nurse apprentice.
I did a bit of research about the job and apprenticeships and found I could study for a career, gain experience and get paid at the same time. It sounded too good to be true especially because it was a career I hadn’t even thought about. I applied immediately, got my first ever job interview and was offered the apprenticeship.
I knew straight away this is what I wanted so I accepted without hesitation.