Speaking exclusively to Causeway Coast Community, Miss North Coast, Megan Cronin said:
I competed in a Miss Northern Ireland heat , held in the Anchor Complex, Portstewart in March, against around 15 other girls. I had not prepared for this heat and didn’t know what to expect. Onstage we were asked a number of questions about ourselves, why we’d entered the competition and why we’d like to be in the final and so on.
The judges then had to narrow the numbers down to just 7 girls. I had it in my head that I was going home as I didn’t think I’d performed well on stage; I thought my nerves had got the better of me. The numbers were called out, one after another until I heard… “number 9!!!”
” That’s me!!!!” I’d made the final seven! I was completely shocked. The final seven were then recalled to answer slightly more challenging questions to help the judges choose the top two.
Over the moon
And I had made the final two! I was honestly over the moon. The top two were presented with an Insanity Tan goodie bag and their title sash. I won the title of Miss North Coast . This heat automatically put us through to the Miss Northern Ireland final in May.
Prior to the final , we had a number of different events to attend, such as a boot camp day, an Ulster Tatler magazine photoshoot, a bikini shoot at the magnificent Colloden Hotel and Spa and much more. It was fun, but very stressful with only a number of weeks to prepare.
Outstanding…..from beginning to end
The grand final arrived and we travelled to the Europa Hotel in Belfast for a weekend stay. We arrived on the Saturday with the final to be held on Monday. The weekend was crammed with dress rehearsals, interviews and dance rehearsals. The final night was outstanding, from beginning to end. All the girls had a lot of fun and made memories that will last a life time. I did not want it to be over. Everyone was so friendly and all the contestants got on so well it was nearly like one big family. I left Miss NI with two new best friends and months later we still are best friends.
A lot of people have negative opinions and thoughts on beauty pageants. But I found it teaches young girls to be competitive in a positive way and helps with self esteem. It’s not just about being pretty, or as pretty as another girl.
How to be responsible
Sometimes people don’t see behind the scenes of pageants, they only judge what’s seen on stage. In my opinion, a beauty pageant teaches good life lessons. It teaches girls confidence in themselves, it also teaches them to be a good role model for others, including the younger generation. It teaches girls how to speak in front of crowds and how to be responsible. It allows them to show off what skills and qualities they already have. Pageants can bring many opportunities, and it can make a path for other careers such as dancing, singing, modelling, and much more. Pageants can help develop new friendships; a lot of pageant girls stay in contact and remain close friends even after the competition’s over.
I applied for Miss Galaxy though a photogenic competition online. I sent in photographs of myself with a small fee to enter. I actually entered on the closing date , as a last minute decision, not sure if I’d hear back from Galaxy. However a couple of nights later I finished work to glance at my phone and see a shared post. To my shock it was Galaxy Ireland posting about my photogenic entry! I had won! I received free entry into the Ireland Pageant thanks to the photogenic competition online . Entry for Galaxy is 350 Euro and it has four different divisions, Teen, Miss , Ms and Mrs.
I will be competing in the final in Dublin in a fortnight on the 15th October with my current title ‘ Miss Galaxy Ireland Photogenic’. With not much time left before the big day, for the next couple of weeks I will be preparing myself , practising my walk, my interview techniques and getting ready to present myself at the final.
I have been following Galaxy UK pageants for a couple of years and I never expected to be a part of one. This is Galaxy’s second year in Ireland and I hope to do well in the competition and represent myself and my title to the best of my ability. I am hoping to win the crown for Miss Galaxy Ireland and jet off to the international finals in Florida to represent our country.
Image : Nigel Fleming Photography