Miss Universe GB finalist inspired by sister’s Take Me Out appearance

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:59 19 March 2015

Jessica Simmons

Jessica Simmons


A 24-year-old Miss Universe Great Britain finalist says she was encouraged to enter the competition following her sister’s appearance on a television dating show.

Jessica (right), who is set to compete in Miss Unvierse GB, with sister RachelJessica (right), who is set to compete in Miss Unvierse GB, with sister Rachel

Jessica Simmons, of Tomswood Hill, Barkingside, made the three-day final in Wales, starting in June, after a number of online stages, where judges assessed her portfolio.

Earlier this year sister Rachel, 25, of the same address, appeared on ITV’s Take Me Out show and began dating the current Mr Ireland, Karl Bowe.

“Rachel is the stronger one out of the two of us,” said Jessica.

“I am slightly less confident but she has been very supportive of me.

Jessica Simmons at her Barkingside home.Jessica Simmons at her Barkingside home.

“It was a big step because we did know how far I was going to go.”

She also added: “I have always been looking at entering but it was just about having the confidence to send off the forms.”

If Jessica triumphs in this summer’s final, she will be entered into Miss Universe, set to take place in Miami.

The dance teacher said she would “love to go” to the Atlantic coast city because she has never been before.

She also hopes to launch a successful modelling career if she wins Miss Universe GB.

Alongside her dancing Jessica is part of all-girl band Alfee, whose songs have featured on MTV and E, an American cable channel.

The group have a publishing deal with music giant Sony.

Despite admitting initially lacking confidence, Jessica added: “I am a very ambitious person.”

Jessica also had some complimentary words to say about her sister’s boyfriend, Karl.

“He was lovely – and very handsome,” she added. “He is coming down in a few weeks’ time to stay.”

Mr Bowe has wooed Rachel since their eyes met on the hit TV show.

However, Rachel told the Recorder last month she was “not leaving” Barkingside, where she lives with her mum and Jessica.

Jessica must raise money for children’s charity Strongbones ahead the Miss Universe GB final.

To donate, visit:

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder