This is a story to inspire you to reach for your dreams.
Many years ago I came a close second in the Miss Brazil 1949 competition, later that year I emigrated to England and was beset by a long run of bad luck.
I suffered years of drug and alcohol abuse and a series of eating disorders.
I lost a leg and needed facial reconstruction surgery after a road traffic accident.
Later I suffered 90% burns in an unprovoked acid attack.
Several of my teeth were knocked out and ann eye gouged out in a fight on Southsea Pier.
The stress of these events has caused severe hair loss and facial warts.
But, I never stopped believing.
And then finally last week I was crowned Miss Portsmouth 2013.