The annual ‘beach babe’ contest in Britain’s surfing capital has been won by a blonde mum-of-two – aged 46.
Super-fit driving instructor Carol Dunster saw off competition from hundreds of younger women and girls to be crowned Cornwall’s bikini queen.
The ‘Beach Babe 2012′ competition was held by a local radio station which invited listeners to nominate the county’s hottest chick for the last calender year.
Cornwall is famous for attracting thousands of young fit surfers and sunseekers to its golden beaches every year.
But the title of Beach Babe 2012 went to Carol – after she received more nominations than any other entrant.
Carol, of St Austell, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity by running seven marathons, says she was ”amazed”’ to win.
She puts her athletic figure down to a good night’s sleep and treating her skin with cod liver oil – and now wants to become a full-time mature model.
Carol, whose children are 21 and 23, said: ”I was amazed when I had the phone call saying I’d won out of all the young girls there must have been.
”I think it was amazing a mature lady won. Just because we’re mature, if we look after ourselves we can still look great and feel sexy.
”From the age of 19 I’ve taken cod liver oil which has made my skin soft to touch, and when I was pregnant I bathed in Fenjal oil every day.
”I’ve never smoked in my life and have run seven marathons, so this has helped me keep fit and look great at my age.
”I was so pleased with the award. If this can happen to me it can happen to anyone. If you believe in something you just have to go for it.”
A spokesman for contest organisers Pirate FM said Ms Dunster recieved more nominations than any other entrant.
He said: “Carol’s win just goes to show that beauty is not contingent on age. If you’re confident and proud of who you are, then your beauty will shine through.”