Local beauty at bootcamp

At the event is Miss McAleers, Nicole Caldwell from Banbridge with current titleholder Meagan Green and former Miss Northern Ireland, Gayle Williamson.
At the event is Miss McAleers, Nicole Caldwell from Banbridge with current titleholder Meagan Green and former Miss Northern Ireland, Gayle Williamson.
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Banbridge girl Nicole Caldwell took part in a ‘beauty bootcamp’ when she joined fellow finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest at an intense induction session in preparation for the contest final, which will be held next month.

The bootcamp was held at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday April 29. It was coordinated by top modelling agency ACA Models, and is designed to prepare the ambitious beauties for the final ceremony where one lucky contestant will acquire the much-coveted crown from the current Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green.

The 26 finalists, who were selected by judges during a two-month nationwide search, received mentoring from former Miss Northern Ireland winners including Alison Clarke, Gayle Williamson, Finola Guinnane, Angela Mountstephens and Meagan Green.

The finalists will also get a preview of the high life when they experience a fun-filled weekend of VIP engagements and photocalls before they face the judging panel at the contest final. The gala final which will take place on Monday May 12 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast will be a glitzy black tie affair, hosted by former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter Joanne Salley and UTV’s Marc Mallet.

For more information log onto www.missnorthernireland.co.uk

Contest organiser and Managing Director of top Belfast modelling agency ACA Models Alison Clarke said: “We’ve travelled the length and breadth of Northern Ireland to find the most talented young ladies in the country. The standard has been so high this year that it will certainly be a close competition, but I’m sure that one lucky girl will stand out and impress the judges to win the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland title.

“We are so proud of our current title holder, Meagan Green, who has been a consummate professional throughout her reign,” she added.

Colin McEvoy, Head of Open + Direct said: “We are very proud of our continued involvement with the Miss Northern Ireland contest, having been the main sponsor for three years. We have been very impressed with the high standard of the girls this year. Staff from all 15 of our local branches have been cheering on their local finalists and we are all excited about the final.”

The winner will receive an extensive prize package worth thousands of pounds including an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in London, a Kia car from Downey’s, taxed and insured for a year by Open + Direct, a new designer wardrobe and beauty treatments throughout the year.

To buy tickets for the gala final, please contact the ticket office on 028 9080 9809. Tickets cost £85 per person or tables of ten can be booked for £825. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For further information and a full list of heats and prizes, please visit www.missnorthernireland.co.uk