Race car engineer turned Miss England finalist defies trolls by becoming champ

Race car engineer Ellie Pacey is proving sexists wrong by becoming a champ at beauty pageants… and tractor pulling.

The 21-year-old has had plenty of people tell her she should only do “feminine” things, but refuses to let them stop her.

She said: “There is an old-fashioned mindset that you can’t do modelling and motorsport.

“What surprises me is often it’s other women who say to me, ‘You can’t do stuff like that if you’ve got acrylic nails on’.

“Some people ask me who drives the tractor – when I say me, they’re surprised.”

Ellie has had success in both worlds.

Since first competing in motorsport tractor pulling aged eight, she has won two British championships.

In two years of entering beauty pageants, she’s won four titles and been a finalist at Miss England.

She said: “In tractor pulling it is about skill. I really enjoy it.

“And doing pageants really boosts your confidence. There is so much positivity.”

Ellie, from Northants, is an engineer for Mercedes and is appearing on a new TV series to talk about her success.

She added: “I want to promote the idea of women getting more involved in motorsport.

“I have had girls message me on Instagram to say they have got jobs in engineering.

“I have helped them to realise you can be girly and still do a job like that.”

Tractors: Big, Bigger, Biggest is on Friday at 9pm on Channel 5.

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