Ballycroy beauty crowned Miss Birmingham

31/mag/2017 09:27:46 Morilee Contatta l'autore

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The daughter of a Ballycroy woman has been crowned Miss Birmingham and will represent Britain’s second largest city in the national finals.

Niamh Conway (22) from Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham beat off competition from over a thousand women to win the coveted prize.

Her mother Marian Conway is a native of Gortbrack in Ballycroy and she told The Mayo News that Niamh regularly spent summers with her family in Mayo.

“As a child Niamh spent many, many holidays running around with her cousins in Gortbrack, participating in the Ballycroy sports days, and had great fun. She won the bonny baby competition at the annual Ballycroy festival when she was a little toddler,” Marian explained.

Born in London, the family moved to the English midlands when Niamh was only seven years old and last summer she graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA (Hons) degree in broadcast journalism.

She currently works as a website content author for Jaguar Land Rover as well as working as a part-time model with DK Model Management.

Of the thousands who entered the competition, they were whittled down to the final 31 who were deemed the ‘most beautiful’ young women in the city. Niamh was crowned Miss Birmingham in a ceremony in the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham last Sunday.

“I’m beyond thrilled,” Niamh said after she was crowned Miss Birmingham. “It’s a dream come true. I’m only 5ft 4ins so not the stereotypical idea of a tall leggy model.

“I got to the final of Miss Birmingham before in 2015 and it gave me so much confidence - something I have struggled with in the past. I was determined to give it another shot.”

Contestants were judged on numerous rounds such as the eco inspired outfit round, sports round, fashion and evening dress round. They also had to organise a number of charity and community events and Niamh raised money with a 10k run, a cake sale, as well as offering dog walking services in Sutton Coldfield.

Speaking of the positives of taking part in the competition, Niamh added she overcame confidence issues when she was younger and wants to pursue a career in television.

“I want everyone to know that there’s so much more involved in today’s beauty pageants and how much of a positive impact they can have on you.

“I struggled immensely with my confidence when I was at Arthur Terry [school]. I pretty much didn’t have any confidence whatsoever, and this really effected my life at this time. But I have gone on to reach my goal of going on to graduate.

“I have always been keen to follow a career within journalism, specifically presenting is the direction I would one day hope to achieve,” she said.

Niamh now goes forward to compete for the title of Miss England which takes place in Birmingham in June.Read more at:graduation gowns | celebrity dresses

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