Move over, you Essex Lasses - the Wessex Girls are here.
This article appeared in The Sun on 25 Oct 2008 - for full colour copy see:
They are West Country and very up-fronty ... 65 per cent said in a survey on dating website countrysidelove.co.uk that they would sleep with a man on a first date.
Here, REBECCA LEY chats to two girls from the nation’s newest hot-to-trot spot about dating and mating.
It must be something to do with all that fresh air ...
Charlotte Smith, 24
Fun-nel times ... Charlotte Smith on a night out
CALL centre worker Charlotte is from Bristol.
FIRST-DATE CONQUESTS: 3
She says: “I would consider myself to be a proper West Country girl – we’re loud, outgoing and always up for a laugh.
“A typical night out would start with me and a few mates, usually ten of us, getting dolled up round someone’s house.
“We get through a few bottles of wine there and, once we are looking fabulous, we go on to a couple of bars then a club.
“West Country girls know how to let their hair down. I think that relaxed attitude is why we are happy to have a roll in the hay without worrying about what other people will think of us.
Big night ... Charlotte and pals
“We are just less stressed down here. The pace of life is undoubtedly slower.
“I don’t go out to pose, I go out to get involved. When it comes to blokes, me and the girls like to be the predators.
“If I see a good-looking bloke on the dance floor or at the bar I’m not going to wait for him to come over, I’ll go and introduce myself to make sure I get what I want.
“I don’t go out specifically to have a one-night stand, but if it goes that way then I don’t care.
“Guys do it all the time, so why not girls? I have had sex three times on the first date.
“It is nice to have fun without any strings, as long as both of you are up for it, why not?
“I love sex, I’m proud of it and I’m always careful.”
“People try to pigeonhole girls who like sex as slags but it is not like that at all. We’re strong women who like to take control.
“We want to have some fun. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
Philosophical ... Kelly Edwards
“I love the West Country, the parties are rowdy, the girls are up for partying – and the blokes are fit. A perfect combination.”
Kelly Edwards, 22
RECRUITMENT consultant Kelly is from Bristol.
FIRST-DATE CONQUESTS: “Several”
She says: “Girls from this part of the world are definitely up for a laugh.
“We are more party-minded than some other parts of the country – I think it goes with a more relaxed pace of life.
“What you see is what you get.
We don’t feel the need to hold anything back and if that down-to-earth attitude extends to meeting blokes, then I don’t see that there’s any harm done.
“I have slept with several men on the first date and I don’t see anything wrong with it.
Berry sexy ... Kelly all dolled up
"It’s good to try before you buy, that way you work out if you really like someone or not.
“When I first meet someone, it’s all about their looks initially, but then you rely on how well you get on with them to establish whether there is any chemistry between you.
“Then if you want something to happen, it should be up to you.
“At the end of the day, the only person you should have to justify yourself to is the one you see in the mirror.
"I don’t see why anybody should judge anybody else.
Here's a tidy little package ... Kelly Edwards
“I have also got together with a man after a formal first date – it isn’t always just after meeting them in a club.
"One bloke took me out for dinner and then a boat pulled up outside to take us to a champagne bar.
“He had arranged it all. It was so romantic and exciting that we ended up sleeping together that night.
"I don’t think West Country girls are the new Essex girls though.
“That was a traditional perception of blonde hair and fake boobs – we’re not anything like that.
“I think when that idea was created, women were less in control of their lives than they are now.
“Now it’s a woman’s world.
"We really are the ones in charge and if that extends to enjoying our sex lives then what’s the harm?
“I will go out with a group of girlfriends every weekend.
"Sometimes there will be up to 15 of us and it would be fair to say that we get a bit of attention.
“But we’re young, we may as well enjoy it.
“I have had three long-term relationships. One developed after I had slept with someone on a first date.
“At the moment I’m single. It’s less hassle than a relationship and I’m in no rush to get coupled up again.
“I’m having the time of my life.”
Wessex wear ... ugg boots
What they wear
NOT white stilettos and mini skirts – they have a more rural, laid back style.
Micro-shorts and Ugg boots are in, but they are just as happy in jeans and a T-shirt.
Belts slung around the hips are also a big craze – Sienna Miller was doing it three years ago, but boho-chic still rules here.
Wessex Girls want to look hot, but not like they’ve tried too hard.
What they say
IF a Wessex Girl likes a man they will call him “lush”. Their capital of fun, Bristol, is called “Brizzle”.
“How are you?” translates as “Alright me luvver?” and “Where is it?” becomes “Wer zat to?”
If they’re pleased – particularly after a fruitful first date – they might come out with “Proper job” or “Mint, innit!”.
If you want to poke fun at a Wessex girl try these jokes ...
Where they're to ... Wessex country
Q: What’s the mating call of the Wessex Girl?
A: “I’m sooo drunk!”
Q: How did the Wessex Girl break her leg raking leaves?
A: She fell out of the tree
Q: How many Wessex girls does it take to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies?
A: Five. One to make the mixture and four to peel the Smarties.
DO YOU KNOW ONE?