WOULD be beauty queens from Banbridge and beyond are being encouraged to join the quest to become the 2013 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland, as the local heat of this year’s competition takes place at the Coach Night Club Banbridge tomorrow night (Wednesday).
The night will see The Outlet’s Centre Manager, Chris Nelmes as a special guest judge for the Banbridge heat.
There will also be a golf-themed charity raffle with a signed shirt from Major Golf Champion Darren Clarke up for grabs with all proceeds going to The Darren Weir Trust, a charitable trust which seeks to help those in need.
Event organiser Alison Clarke is 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. 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 13 May 2013.
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. Sarah McKenzie from Open + Direct, Moira said, “With our local branches in Lisburn and Moira for over 25 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 Banbridge heat.”
Siobhan McKeown, Marketing Manager at The Outlet Banbridge, which returns this year as fashion sponsor, said: “Our partnership with this prestigious event allows us to showcase the latest fashion trends, culminating in a fabulous fashion show at the gala final in May. The catwalk show will feature summer’s most feminine looks as worn by ACA’s top models whilst the finalists will showcase chic swimwear from Calvin Klein Underwear. At The Outlet there are always stylish savings of up to 70% off some of the world’s best-known retail brands.”
This year’s overall winner will not only take on the coveted title of Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2013, and an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in Indonesia, she will also win a Kia 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 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.
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.ukor 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.