The hunt is on for Miss Northern Ireland 2013

Jonathan Fairely, Tiffany Brien & Alison Clarke
Jonathan Fairely, Tiffany Brien & Alison Clarke

HAVE you got what it takes to be Miss Northern Ireland 2013?

Now is your chance to enter as heats take place across the province.

Local women will have a chance to take part in heats in Cookstown, Maghera and Dungannon throughout March and April which could see them be a part of the prestigious competition’s gala grand final at the Europa Hotel.

The contest, which is sponsored by local insurance company Open+Direct, will be hosted by TV presenters Zoe Salmon and Marc Mallett and will see top class entertainment and a catwalk show from fashion partner, The OUTLET Village in Banbridge.

Contestant organiser Alison Clarke and the current title holder Tiffany Brien – who reached the Top Ten in beachwear at Miss World 2012 – announced a continued two year title sponsorship from Open + Direct at a special launch event this week.

Alison said: “I am absolutely thrilled to announce the continued support from Open + Direct as they have supported the competition for a number of years and then had a successful title sponsorship last year.

“We’ve already had a number of entries for this year’s crown - and I can see it being a tough competition, but one lucky girl will undoubtedly stand out and impress the judges to win this title before going on to compete in Miss World in Indonesia in September. Alison added: “Tiffany has been a wonderful ambassador for the contest and has put a very positive and friendly face to Northern Ireland this past year. I wish her every success in these final few months and would hope she hands over to someone just as hard-working and enthusiastic.”

Alison explained the heats and entry opportunities for girls hoping to take this year’s coveted title: “We’re starting our official twenty-seventh search with a heat in Café Vaudeville in Belfast on 28 February and will continue on a whirlwind tour throughout March and April - stopping off in Spice Restaurant in Antrim, Gillies Bar at Galgorm Ballymena, Sweet in Limavady, the Coach in Banbridge, Sense in Cookstown, Walshes Hotel in Maghera, Horatio Todd’s in East Belfast, McAleer’s in Dungannon, Sally’s in Omagh, Pretty Mary’s in Moira, and BED in Newry city, before finally coming to a close in Betty Blacks in Bangor on 28 April 2013.”

Beauty prizes, which will keep her preened and prepared for her role, include one year’s hairdressing and LA Tanning Treatments from TAN 2 U Mobile Spray Tanning, as well as 1 year’s eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions and nail treatments by Renu at Michele International, a £500 makeup hamper from Paddy McGurgan’s Make Up Pro store and a makeup lesson with Paddy himself plus luxurious beauty treatments from Beauty Culture as well as stunning designer sunglasses from Jonathan Keys.

The winner can also keep fit with her gym membership at Culloden Spa and her modeling career will also get off to the right start with a photoshoot session with Andy Cameron Photography and a year’s contract with top model agency, ACA Models.

Event organisers are looking for entrants aged between 17 and 24 from all parts of Northern Ireland to take over the crown from current Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien.

“As a champion in her sport beforehand, Tiffany really approached Miss Northern Ireland with gusto and made the title her own. It takes great stamina, commitment and confidence to carry off the title, and we are seeking a girl with that special X factor – something unique and different which sets our winner apart from all the rest, as it takes more than just good looks to win Miss Northern Ireland.” said Alison Clarke.

“The winner will have her diary filled with a range of modelling and promotional assignments throughout the year – some challenging, some fun - but all fantastic experiences. Plus she must be free to depart Northern Ireland in September to attend the Miss World final held in Indonesia.”

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 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.

Local heats will take place at Sense Night Club, Cookstown on March 30th, Walshes Hotel, Maghera on April 5th and and on April 12th at McAleer’s, Dungannon.