Miss Northern Ireland comes to Newry

Emma Taylor Posted by
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Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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The search for Miss Northern Ireland 2012 launched this month with a glamorous brunch at the Europa Hotel. The local heat will be at The Bank Newry on Saturday 10th March and application forms are available from The Bank Bar or by emailing stephen@thebanknewry.com Contestant organiser Alison Campbell and the current title holder Finola Guinnane – who reached the top 20 at Miss World 2011 –  set the precedent of the competition to several young hopefuls who wish to make it to the Open+Direct Miss Northern Ireland final.

Alison explained the heats and entry opportunities for girls hoping to take this year’s coveted title for Miss Northern Ireland 2012. The gala black tie final event, which will take place on 14th May in the Europa Hotel, will see the hopefuls whittled down to 24 finalists who will be competing for the title.

The winner of the competition will not only take on the coveted title of Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2012 and an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in China; she will also win a car from Downey’s, taxed and insured for a year by Open + Direct, as well as a wardrobe of designer dresses for Miss World from Beverly Hills and a front cover photoshoot with IN! magazine.

Beauty prizes, which will keep her preened and prepared for her role, include one year’s hairdressing and sun tanning with Michele International as well as one year’s eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions and nail treatments by Renu at Michele International, 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 one year contract with top model agency, the Alison Campbell Agency.

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 Finola Guinnane. “We need someone who has that extra special quality, the ‘je ne sais quois’, or a certain X factor as it takes more than good looks to win Miss Northern Ireland,” said Alison Campbell.

She continued, “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 on 19th July to attend the Miss World final held in China on 18th August. It takes great stamina, commitment and confidence to carry off the title, and Finola Guinnane has been a wonderful ambassador this year. Finola graciously took on the title last year and has been a truly fantastic ambassador and achieved a brilliant result at Miss World by reaching the top twenty in the beach beauty contest.”

Current title holder Finola said, “I have had the most amazing experience so far this year – and although I’m delighted to be part of this year’s launch, it’s quite sad, as it’s the beginning of the end of what has been a fantastic reign. I’ve enjoyed so many different and varied modelling assignments which have jam packed my portfolio, but I’ve also done so many things I would never ever have had the opportunity to do before such as meeting girls from all over the globe at the Miss World final as well as taking part in several charity challenges and fundraisers right here in Northern Ireland – in particular, the Miss Northern Ireland chosen Charity, The NI Children’s Hospice. All in all it’s been a life-changing and incredible experience that the new title holder should just relish and I wish all entrants the very best as competition is tough – there are a lot of beautiful and talented young girls in Northern Ireland!”

To enter call into The Bank Bar at anytime, email stephen@thebanknewry.com or telephone on 02830835501. 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.

 


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1 Comment for “Miss Northern Ireland comes to Newry”

  1. John fitzsimons

    Miss northern Ireland?? More like MISS GIANT RIGHT HAND!! lol (silly photographer using to much of a wide angle lens)

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