Teenage beauty queen wins place at Cambridge after incredible A-level results

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A teenage beauty queen has secured a place at Cambridge University after scooping an incredible set of A-level results.

Paloma Shemirani, 18, was delighted when she picked up her 2 A*s in Spanish, English and an A in History at Roedean School in Brighton, East Sussex.

She plans on going to Cambridge to read Spanish and Portuguese but she has some pressing business before then.

Paloma is first to compete in the finals for Miss Brighton.

If she gets through and wins the regional final then she could go on to compete for Miss Great Britain.

Paloma Shemirani, with her A Level results of A*, A*, A, at Roedean School in Brighton

Paloma gains a place at Cambridge University after recently learning she has also made it to the final of the Miss Brighton contest

 

Paloma said: “I believe that I stand out from the rest of the competitors because of my dedication to not only glamour, but also my academic studies.

“In this ‘Me Too’ era, I think it is more important than ever that women are seen not simply for their outer beauty and I wanted to prove that you can be intelligent and academic as well.”

She added: “A lot of people have a stereotyped view of beauty pageants that all the women taking part are not academic well that is untrue and I think it is a fantastic platform to prove people wrong.”

Around 300,000 students are receiving their results today.

A group of girls celebrate their results at Roedean School in Brighton

Saida Nuur and her mother open her A Level results at Ark Academy in Wembley

Girls narrowly clawed back the lead from boys in terms of A* and A grades, although boys still outperformed their female classmates in the highest result.

For the first time, there were more entries for A-level science subjects from girls than from boys.

Girls are now more likely in general to take a science A-level than boys, the data shows.

For biology, chemistry and physics A-levels, there were 84,111 entries from girls this year, compared with 83,133 from boys.

The change has been driven by more girls than boys taking biology and chemistry.

But boys are still significantly more likely to take physics, with more than three times as many entries than their female counterparts (30,159 compared with 8,799).



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