Pagan-Lilley Phillips, 25, was mown down by two men on a moped in east London six years ago after she rejected their advances.
Ms Phillips, who grew up in Canning Town is now through to the semi-final of Miss England after coming runner-up in Sunday’s Miss London contest. Success in the national pageant would see her make it through to Miss World.
She said: “This is the moment of me stepping away from the trauma of that incident.
“I’m happy for people to see me and be seen. I’m not going to hide how I look because I’m scared of the wrong attention and I’m going to live authentically as myself.”
She said she was only entered by her friends as “a bit of a joke” but has been surprised by what a positive experience it has been.
“I work as an equality, diversity and inclusion consultant so there was a few misconceptions I had around pageants and what they meant, but I thought if I’m going to have a judgement about something I’ve got to try it.”
Ms Phillips said the competition had given her a platform to continue campaigning for women’s safety and said an early round which included taking part in a photo shoot without make-up had also been a positive experience.
She said: “This generation is so infatuated with social media so to have a bunch of twenty-somethings and teenage girls all there with no make up and no filter felt refreshing because everything is recut and filtered now.”
The semi-finals for Miss England take place in August.