A young graduate from Northern Ireland has been crowned Miss Great Britain – and it’s the first time in nine years that an Irish woman has won the prize.
Eden McAllister, from Dundonald, beat 36 competitors to the win at a glittering ceremony in Leicester on Friday.
The 22-year-old also won Miss Beach Body at the 76th year of the pageant.
Eden told the Sun: “I am in so much shock, I couldn’t stop shaking when I heard my name.
“I would have been thrilled to be in the top 12 and never dreamed I’d win.
“Competition was stiff this year and there were so many other fantastic ladies I honestly didn’t think I’d win.
“I am so proud to have done it for Belfast. It just shows that Belfast girls can do it!”
But, despite her good looks, Eden claims that she’s never been asked out on a date by a man.
She explained: “I have no luck with guys.
“But that’s fine, it doesn’t bother me. I’m happy living my best life and doing me.”
Eden was crowned in front of 20 members of her friends and family who flew in the watch her compete over the two day competition.
Last year’s Miss GB, Jen Atkin, placed the sparkling tiara on Eden’s head.
And, not only did Eden win the title, but she also took home a year’s modelling contract with retailer Shein, £1,000 and a luxury trip to Dubai.
The number of contestants for Miss Great Britain 2021 reached new heights following the introduction of the Ms division.
The new group allows women aged 28 to 39 to battle it out for the crown.
Kat Henry, 37, a mum of one and Zumba instructor from South London snagged the Ms crown.
She said: “I am beyond grateful for every single person who played a part in this journey.
“We made history on Friday. I continue to pave the way for greater representation for not only plus size women, but also women of colour within powerful, leadership roles.
“To anyone who has ever felt unworthy or incapable of taking up space in society today because they don’t fit a specific mould, I hope that this inspires you to strive to achieve your dreams.”
And, Kirsty Fletcher, from Surrey, won the Classic division and urged other women to compete in the group for over 40s.
“My daughter Daisy encouraged me to enter, explained Kirtsy.
“She’d competed in Miss Teen Great Britain.
“I realised with the kids leaving home I wanted to do something for me and not something which defined me as a wife and mother.
“Competing in pageants has boosted my confidence and shaped me. I want women to know that they can flourish in their later years and hope my story inspires them.”
Miss GB raised over £45,000 for Cancer Research and Alex’s Wish.
Head judge and author of Misdemeanours: Beauty Queen Scandals and The Official History of Miss Great Britain, Sally-Ann Fawcett said: “If someone had told me as a little girl watching Miss Great Britain on telly back in the 70s that, all these years later, I would be head judge for the very same pageant, I’d never have believed it.
“Tonight I consider myself unbelievably honoured to make the dreams of three amazing women come true.”
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