WOULD be beauty queens from Dungannon and beyond are being encouraged to join the quest to become the 2013 Miss Northern Ireland, as the local heat of this year’s competition takes place at McAleer’s Bar in the town this Friday night, April 12.
Event organiser Alison Clarke is looking for entrants aged between 17 and 24 to take over the crown from current Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien.
Two girls will be selected from this heat as finalists and will go forward to compete at the black tie final event in The Europa Hotel on May 13.
This once in a lifetime opportunity will see one lucky girl compete in the Miss World finals in Indonesia this coming September.
For that reason, the organisers and judging panel alike are looking for something more than just a pretty face.
Alison Clarke said: “I can see it being a tough competition, but we’re looking for one lucky girl who will stand out and impress the judges to win this title before going on to compete in Miss World in Indonesia in September. Tiffany has been a wonderful ambassador for the contest and has put a very positive and friendly face to Northern Ireland this past year.”
Title sponsor, Open+Direct, is very excited to continue its association with the competition this year.
Jonathan Fairley, branch manager the company’s Cookstown outlet, said: “With our local branch in Cookstown for over 20 years, we know the young ladies in the area are as ambitious, intelligent and friendly as they are beautiful. It’s the combination of all these traits which we’ll be looking for at the Dungannon heat.”
This year’s overall winner will not only take on the coveted title of Miss Northern Ireland 2013, and an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in Indonesia, she will also win a Kia car taxed and insured for a year, as well as a wardrobe of designer dresses for Miss World from Beverly Hills and a front cover photoshoot with IN! magazine.
The prize also includes a year’s worth of fantastic beauty, hair and make-up treatments, a gym membership and a contract with top modelling agency, ACA Models.
Current title holder Tiffany Brien said: “I have had the most amazing experience so far this year. My ultimate highlight was being part of Miss World in the summer. It really is an opportunity and an experience of a lifetime which I relished and soaked up every minute of.
“Back home I’ve enjoyed attending wonderful events and doing a huge variety of modelling assignments – everything from photocalls, to advertising campaigns, fashion shows and editorial shoots, but I’ve also loved taking part in several charity challenges and fundraisers – in particular, the Miss Northern Ireland chosen charity, The NI Children’s Hospice.”
To enter, girls should send a photograph with their name and address to the Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland Contest, 381 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 5DT.
Competition rules can be checked out on the Miss NI website www.missnorthernireland.co.uk or on Facebook at Miss Northern Ireland Contest.
The official website also outlines full details of the competition heats and the full range of prizes available.