A County Down student is to represent Belfast in the Miss Universe Ireland competition in the summer after winning the city’s top beauty pageant.
Claire Murray from Bangor was selected from 300 hopefuls to be crowned the new Miss Belfast at a contest in the Northern Whig this week.
The 19-year-old sociology student said she was delighted to win and was presented with her crown by current Miss Great Britain Gemma Garrett. Claire said: “I was privileged to even reach the final of Miss Belfast, but never in a million years did I think that I would even be placed.
“I am so looking forward to launching my modelling career and hope that I will be a good ambassador for Belfast at the Miss Universe Ireland Competition.”
Claire will go on to represent Belfast at the Miss Universe Ireland competition in the City West Hotel Dublin in June and will become ‘the face’ of Med-cosmetic in their forthcoming billboard campaign.
Her prizes include a year’s free treatments at Medi-cosmetic, a year’s free tanning, compliments of He-Shi, a year’s free hairdressing from Michael Quinn Hairdressing, and she will be dressed from top to toe for the Miss Universe Ireland competition compliments of Castle Court.
Second place was awarded to Methody schoolgirl Sophia McKeever, while Jamie Tracey came third.