The race is on to find Miss GayUK, thanks to a lesbian couple from Leicester who have revived the idea for the competition that has not run since 2001.

Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as The L Word, the organisers have launched a search for women with “strength, beauty and ambition”.

They feel the need to publicise that: “Lesbian and bisexual women are not all dungaree-wearing, armpit hair-growing, short haired women who favour the smell of their own body odour.”

They are looking for a woman who can best represent the “Modern Day Lesbian”.

The competition has proved to be so popular that, due to the volume of applications from across the east Midlands, the heat originally called Miss GayLeicester has now been changed to Miss GayEast Midlands.

The final will take place at the Miss GayUK Final in Birmingham at the Nightingale Club on 9th November 2007, where the regional winners of each heat will represent their area.

Miss GayUK hopefuls and fans can apply or find out more at the website online, www.missgayuk.co.uk, or call 07955 859 500.