FORMER winners of the legendary Miss Northern Ireland contest joined event organiser Alison Clarke and guests to officially launch the 2015 Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest today, Thursday5th February 2015.
The contest which is now in its 29th year, organised by ACA Models, however has been running here for 60 years now since the late Mr. Eric Morley first ran Miss Northern Ireland in the Mecca ballroom, Belfast after the end of World War II.
We will see hundreds of young ladies compete for the coveted Therapie Miss Northern Ireland title in a series of heats that will take place in venues across the province this Spring, starting on 26th February at 21 Social, Belfast and finishing on 26th April at Betty Blacks, Bangor.
The grand finale will take place on Monday 11th May at the historic Europa Hotel, Belfast. The glittering event will be hosted by former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter Zoe Salmon and UTV’s Marc Mallet.
Alison Clarke welcomed 2015 hopefuls and former winners to the launch event, she said: “It was wonderful to launch the contest alongside our new headline sponsor Therapie, which is Ireland’s largest laser and skin clinic, providing 5* service at affordable prices.
Therapie has clinics throughout the Province, in Newry, Derry/ Londonderry, Enniskillen and of course Belfast and we have selected top venues in these town and cities to run heats in as well as in all other corners of the country.
Event Director, Alison Clarke said :
“Our contest is all about finding talented young women, who will be judged on their appearance, their presence, self-expression, intelligence and poise, together with their ability to represent Northern Ireland on the Miss World stage later this year.
The winner will also be someone who is keen to help and support our Beauty with a Purpose campaign and our strenuous efforts to work closely helping raise awareness and much needed funds for the Northern Ireland and children’s Hospices. Together with Therapie we aim to find that one young lady with the ‘je ne sais quoi’ attitude and look for 2015.”
Current title holder Rebekah Shirley, 19, from Ballymoney, said:
“It was an honour to be crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2014. I’ve had the best year of my life representing Northern Ireland at charity and numerous events throughout 2014.
The most special of which was the Miss World Final in London where I had an unbelievable time, I learnt a lot about the other contestants life’s and countries and realized the humungous efforts and lengths that the Miss World family go to help the lives and raise awareness of those less fortunate than ourselves throughout the world.”
Tracy Gilligan, CEO of Therapie clinic said:
“Everyone at all four of Therapies’ laser and skin clinics in Northern Ireland is excited to be involved with the iconic Miss Northern Ireland contest this year. We’ll be at every regional heat, sitting in one of the judge’s chairs.
At Therapie Clinic our ethos is very much about providing and delivering fantastic visual and measurable results, with the famous and renowned Therapie customer service, at a fair and affordable price for all. Our treatments deliver exactly as they should and we see our brand fitting very well in with the similar ethos of Miss Northern Ireland, thus our business partnership was evolved which is very exciting.”
“No doubt, this year’s contest will be as fun and glamorous as always and we’d like to wish all the girls taking part the best of luck. Therapie looks forward to crowning a new winner who will represent Northern Ireland in the Miss World Contest.”
Event organisers are seeking ambitious young women aged between 17 and 24 years old from all parts of Northern Ireland to compete for the crown in May. Entrants can enter online at www.missnorthernireland.co.uk and also online at www.therapie.com Or they can send a photograph with their name and address, telephone number to the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland Contest, 381 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 5DT.
For further information and a full list of heats and prizes, please visit www.missnorthernireland.co.uk