Four Lanarkshire women are among the 12 finalists named in this year’s Miss Scotland 2021 contest.
Beauties Toni McGill, of Motherwell, Katy Lafferty from Lesmahagow, Bothwell’s Claudia Todd, and Antonia Caroline Healy, of East Kilbride, were announced in the top 12 at the weekend.
The girls will take part in a online version of the official Miss Scotland competition, due the coronavirus pandemic, where they will each participate in the same six challenges as in previous years to determine their fitness, creativity and most of all beauty with a purpose.
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The girls will also choose a charity that is close to their hearts and endeavour to highlight the cause and raise as much funds for them as possible over the course of the coming months.
Jan Sue Smith, director of Miss Scotland, Lanarkshire Live : “This year there is sadly no big in person event.
“But we are hosting the competition all online on the official Miss Scotland Facebook and Instagram pages and the girls will still have the same six challenges to compete in.
“After the challenges are complete and voted for by the sponsor judges, there will be a private final with six socially distanced judges interviewing each girl one at a time.
“The winner will then be announced at the end of August on social media and she will represent Scotland at Miss World in Puerto Rico in December.”
Jan admits it is a very surreal way to host this year’s contest but she is delighted it can go ahead online after last year’s event was cancelled altogether.
She continued: “These are very different days compared to past competitions. But our ethos is still to work hard to empower young women, as well as celebrate their beauty.
“And we are looking forward to finding an intelligent, fun girl with enthusiasm who wants to work hard to be a great role model for young women as well as a proud ambassador for her country.”
This year’s six other contestants competing from across Scotland are: Tara Drain, from Paisley; Shannon Dymond from Glasgow; Shelly Smith of Kilwinning; Mairead Mirrlees from Selkirk; Abbie Lovering from Newton Mearns; Elaine Burns from Newton Mearns; Jen Mcfadyen from Glasgow; and Gail Wilson from Falkirk, are of whom all also vying for the crown.
To date Miss Scotland winners and finalists have raised more than half a million pounds in funds to which every penny has stayed in Scotland.
The competition is being sponsored by AM magazine along with fashion brand ‘Get it Grl’, Fitness Frontier, Skin Lab age smart skin care from Dr Kieron Bong, and the Tartan Weaving Mill.
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