A model who failed in her bid to become Miss Leicester was offered the consolation crown of Miss Peterborough after no-one from the city entered.
Marlene Star, 21, who studied sociology at Leicester University, was asked by competition organisers if she had links to other parts of the country.
She told them she lives in Peterborough, Cambs., and was delighted when they instantly offered her the crown because they had received no other entries.
Marlene, a part-time model, said: “No-one knows I’ve won it because there was no competition and there’s nothing for me to do.
“I’d love to be invited to open a business or make a presentation.”
Marlene has since made it to the Miss England semi-finals but failed to reach this weekend’s four-day finals in Torquay, Devon.