Miss GB contestant smashes stereotypes facing women’s rugby
PUBLISHED: 08:42 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 08:42 26 November 2019
Courtesy of Danielle Evans
Danielle Evans is not your average beauty queen. When she is not on stage with a full face of make-up she can be found on muddy fields with her team mates playing her favourite sport, rugby.
Now the 23-year-old rugby-player, who currently holds the title of Miss Social Media Great Britain (GB), has started a campaign, #TryMe, to smash the stereotypes surrounding women in the sport and she has visited Wymondham Rugby and Football Club (RFC) to spread this positive message.
Ms Evans, from Brighton, will be competing in 75th Miss GB competition in February next year. She said: "I have a rugby player's body but I'm still competing in one of the most prestigious pageants in the country.
"I have been told women rugby players are aggressive, tomboys and not very feminine but I want to show people that rugby doesn't have any stereotypes, nor does it limit you.
"If you're a girly girl like me, why can't you sign up to rugby? The TryMe Campaign expands to embracing body positivity and being confident in who you are because you can be a combination of things."
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Wymondham RFC welcomed Ms Evans to watch their youth girls' team, the Wymondham Wasps, and their senior women's team play, along with a lunch where she made a speech.
Head coach of the women's team Amanda Jones first got in contact with Ms Evans online and invited her to the club to speak to the girls.
Ms Jones said: "A lot of the girls lack confidence normally to do with body image issues and a lot of already think girlie girls don't take up rugby, there is this stereotype you have to be manly to take on a sport like this.
"Danielle shows that you can do it all and she is also a rugby player prop, known for being the bigger person on the team but she smashes all of those stereotypes. By her coming to Norfolk hopefully she will make that difference even if it's just to one or two girls."
Ms Evans started playing rugby three years ago at university. She also played for Brighton Panthers and is about to join Hove Ladies.
She added: "I'm a prop and I love to get down and dirty in the mud. I've found that people don't associate rugby players with beauty pageants and that's okay but it's time to change that. So let's put women's rugby firmly on map."
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