The nationwide search to find a fresh face to represent Northern Ireland at Miss World ended on Monday night as gorgeous Meagan Green was crowned the Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2013 at a glittering ceremony in the Europa Hotel.
Meagan, age 23, from Lisburn who is a student at University of Ulster, beat off stiff competition from twenty five other finalists to walk away with this year’s crown plus thousands of pounds worth of prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in Indonesia, 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. She also wins gym membership at the 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.
Winner Meagan said: “I think I’m in a state of shock, I am just so happy and truly delighted to be taking over the crown and representing Northern Ireland! Being part of the competition has been amazing fun and I honestly never thought I’d get this far. I’m very excited for what lies ahead and I know the best is yet to come, especially with the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Indonesia for Miss World. I’m thrilled to say the least and I plan to enjoy every single minute of the next year.”
The extravagant gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by stunning TV presenter Zoe Salmon – a former Miss Northern Ireland herself – alongside TV news broadcaster, Marc Mallett. Audiences were wowed by the entertainment, the contestant performances and a fabulous fashion show by fashion sponsors The OUTLET in Banbridge.
Colin McEvoy, Director of Operations for title sponsor Open + Direct said: “Staff from each of our 16 branches have been cheering on their local finalist, but I can say on behalf of everyone at Open + Direct that we’re all delighted Meagan has won this year and we wish her all the very best for the year ahead. We’re so proud to have been the title sponsor for the Miss Northern Ireland contest again in 2013, it’s been another fantastic year for the competition and one that all of our staff have enjoyed being part of.”
And handing over her title, the 2012 winner Tiffany Brien said: “I’ve had an amazing year as Miss Northern Ireland and have enjoyed so many fantastic experiences. It’s with a heavy heart that I have to hand over my crown but I’m delighted to be passing it to Meagan, who is a very worthy winner. I wish her every success with her year as Miss Northern Ireland 2013.”
Runners up on the night included Anna Henry age 18, from Portglenone who is a student who came second and Emma Ward age 22, from Belfast also a student, who was placed third.
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