A TEENAGER from Solihull competed in the prestigious ‘Mr England’ event earlier this month – and in doing so re-wrote the history books.
Joshua Williams, aged 17, became the youngster competitor in the national event – which attracted 19 contestants from across the whole of England – and finished a remarkable third in the process.
The reigning ‘Mr Birmingham’ winner took part in various tasks including fitness, talent and top model rounds which were judged by officials who determined the overall winner.
A former Kingshurst Academy student, Joshua won the title of ‘Charity King’ by raising the most money (£2068) for his chosen charity – Beauty With A Purpose – and ‘Mr Mind’.
Joshua said: “I enjoy modelling as each day in the job brings something new and completely different to the last day.
“As it is a very competitive industry, I try to embrace the present and take any opportunity given to me.
“Hopefully if I work hard in the coming years, I can have a network behind a future career.
“I grew up in Kingshurst which has the connotations of being rundown or an area to avoid.
“I’d like to be able to show people that no matter of your wealth, area or experiences, you can succeed and you can make something of yourself through hard work and determination.”
The finalist is currently studying the international baccalaureate but also works as a model and a journalist.
He aspires to be a psychiatric nurse in the future – using his experiences to better the lives of others.
Joshua is also a regular volunteer for Red Bag Co – an organisation which helps feed the homeless in Birmingham City Centre.
Now an ambassador for the organisation, Joshua said: “I’m also working alongside the national mental health charity ‘Time To Change’.
“I am very passionate about mental health so I’ve launched my own Mental Health Campaign to fight the discrimination relating to it which I’ve promoted myself for the last year.”