Emma at Miss NI bootcamp

Pictured  is finalist Emma Irvine from Waringstown with former Miss Northern Ireland, Gayle Williamson from Dollingstown.
Pictured is finalist Emma Irvine from Waringstown with former Miss Northern Ireland, Gayle Williamson from Dollingstown.

One local girl has just been through bootcamp for the 2014 Miss Northern Ireland contest.

Emma Irvine from Waringstown is one of 26 girls preparing for the event.

The finalists took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday, April 29, in preparation for the contest final next month.

The bootcamp, which is coordinated by modelling agency ACA Models, 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 NI winners including Alison Clarke, Gayle Williamson, a former Miss NI from Dollingstown, 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 the final.

The gala final which will take place on Monday 12th May 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.

Contest organiser Alison Clarke said: “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.”

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, a new designer wardrobe and beauty treatments throughout the year.