The women behind the Miss Universe contest taking place in Wales

16/07/2017

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The women behind the Miss Universe contest taking place in Wales
This is what these lovely ladies are really like


BYWILL HAYWARD - 20:00, 15 JUL 2017


This weekend, thirty-six beauty queens from England, Scotland and Wales have descended on Cardiff and Newport for the Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 final.


The winner will represent Great Britain in the Miss Universe pageant later this year in an exotic location overseas.


Many outsiders will have preconceived ideas about beauty pageants.


Silk sashes, Hollywood smiles and a line-up of beautiful women praying for “World peace!”


But dig a little deeper and it’s not all glitz and glamour.


Kimberly Escartin, aged 20, samples the cooking. (Image: Richard Swingler)


From left, Anna Burdy, 25, Samantha Hancock, 26, Megan Vincetta Robinson, 25, Jennifer McSween, 22, Justine McEleney, 23, Kiera Ricci, 27, and Kimberly Escartin, 20 (Image: Richard Swingler)
In the run up to the final, contestants have been tasked with a series of fundraising challenges for Strongbones – a charity which helps children from all over the UK with diseases of the bone.


They have also attended group events to support Sheroes Hangout – a project run by the Stop Acid Attacks charity in India which helps women who have survived acid violence.


Jennifer McSween, 22, left, and Anna Burdy, 25, right, check their risotto half way through cooking (Image: Richard Swingler)


Miss Universe UK contestants cooking up their risotto in Giovanni's kitchen (Image: Richard Swingler)
The winner will visit India during her reign to meet the women personally and to present the money raised by the event.


We caught up with some of the women competing this year and lifted the curtain on beauty queen pageantry.


This is what they said:



(Image: Richard Swingler)
Megan Vincetta Robinson, 25 from Liverpool is a business and finance student.


"Trying to be in a changing room with a group of women running round trying to get ready while keeping their modesty, sweating and trying to find your clothes.


"It is not all glamorous!


"If I win I have ambitions to open a domestic violence charity.


"I would use that to help women change their life around. This is something that is meaningful for me and if I don’t win I would do it anyway.


"Domestic violence is something that has affected myself and my mum personally and is close to my heart.


"There is still stigma around it and I think that people should not feel ashamed, embarrassed or shy to talk about these things because if you don’t talk about it you can never fix the problem.


"Doing pageants is something I started doing to build up my confidence and to meet like-minded women.


"It is a network of amazing women who are all out to inspire and empower each other so who wouldn’t want to be involved in that?


"The best part of the pageant is to get to meet people from lots of different backgrounds, wearing an amazing dress, feeling so beautiful and confident and perfecting your life skills.


"The worst part is trying to eat healthy which I am not very good at because I had a McDonalds on the way here.


"I am so lucky as my sponsor is actually a gym so they have been whipping me into shape."



(Image: Richard Swingler)
Sophie Trezise, 23 from Newport is at her first big event having previously held the title of Miss Curves.


"I work in Pandora in Cardiff where I am senior sales manager.


"One of the best things about this whole process is being selected in the first place, it is a huge honour to be able to represent your country.


"It is also great to meet all the girls from all round the country and I love all the accents.


"The toughest part is the training. I have done a lot of prep for this and spent a lot of time in the gym - twice daily some times.



(Image: Richard Swingler)
"I have also practiced my interview prep.


"They want someone who knows what they stand for.


"If I won it I would definitely would introduce myself and Miss Universe Great Britain. It is a huge honour.


"The hardest part is putting yourself on a stage against all the other girls when we are all different shapes and sizes. I am doing this for confidence.


"If I won the title I would get the chance to other countries and I like exploring different cultures.


"We will get to go to India and meet the victims of acid attack which is one of the charities we support.


"I think I would be an emotional wreck but it would be really great to meet them."



(Image: Richard Swingler)
Samantha Hancock, 26 from Pontcanna in Cardiff has returned to pageantry after taking a break to focus on ballet.


"I first got into it when I was 16. I did Miss Cardiff and placed second runner up.


"I was young and enjoyed it so much. I went on to do Miss Wales but was only 16 at the time.


"Then I wanted to pursue my career in dance so I moved to London to ballet school.


"I kept seeing posts online and saw how incredible it was to be the winner of Miss Great Britain so I thought why not, I will go for that myself.


"I teach classical ballet and I run a school based in Chapter Arts Centre. I coach the Welsh rhythmic and gymnastic teams in classical ballet.


"I started to work in 2012 with Francesca Jones who when on to win five silvers and gold in the Commonwealth Games.


"For me the competition is about being around like minded and positive women.


"The toughest part is to get that confidence and really be a part of it.


"There are mixed feeling to it. Sometimes positive and sometimes negative but overall positive.


"Sometimes you have to explain a little bit about what you are doing and then they are more positive.


"The future for me if I win is to promote positivity and happiness.


"I am a positive person and with my teaching I do that. If I didn’t win I would do exactly the same. I am who I am.



(Image: Richard Swingler)
Justine McEleney, 23 is from Liverpool but originally comes from Northern Ireland and is a student nurse


"It is prep, prep, prep, that is key.


"I have done fitness and diet, not to lose weight but to be healthy and feel confident.


"You also prep for the glamorous side like hair and dresses. You plan what outfits you will wear for what day.


"When I finish I am going to eat a lot! God know how much I am going to eat. I have a Chinese in mind.


"Friends and family were supportive about whatever I do - my mum is my best supporter.



Justine McEleney, aged 23, from Liverpool (Image: Richard Swingler)


Justine McEleney, aged 23, from Liverpool (Image: Richard Swingler)
"She tells me to do what I want to do and it doesn’t matter what other people think.


"If I was lucky enough to win I would like to be the best possible title holder and inspire other women.


"If I don’t win I still want to help girls and other women and feel like winner already."



(Image: Richard Swingler)
Kiera Ricci, 27, from Bridgend works in an aesthetic clinic


"I specialise in hair transplant. We teach and treat people so it is very rewarding.


"We do great work and change lives to be completely honest.


"Someone could come in completely down on how they look and making someone smile is the best part of my job.


"I started law degree but a long story cut short I got an apprenticeship with plastic surgeons and started to specialise in hair transplant and everything else is history.


"I think it is an opportunity of a lifetime.


"I am a girl and I like to be glamorous but I want to help people.


"In my job and working life that is what I am already doing.


"To have a chance to do that on larger scale is just incredible.


"To have voice and be an inspiration and change things in the world that need to be changed is what I want.


"Friends and family were surprised but are now very proud. They were surprised because I have never done anything before like this.


 


Kiera Ricci (Image: Richard Swingler)
"I am normally in scrubs so seeing me glammed up was a different light to see me in.


"My future is helping people anyway and I will always aspire to that whether I get to the next stage or not.


"Winning would be a dream for any women. Having the power to have voice, it is not the power of a president, but to use the position to help to achieve those goals and be centred around charity work is something I aspire to do."


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