The Miss Wales final takes place on Saturday 28 April at The Riverfront in Newport. (Tickets are available directly from their website www.tickets.newportlive.co.uk). It's a celebration of months of challenges and activities undertaken by the finalists in a bid to become Miss Wales.
When they take to the stage that evening they will be on day three of the grand final events, having already hosted the Miss Wales charity ball to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Wales and undertaken an empowerment day designed to help them grow in confidence and take their personal ambitions to another level.
So, here are the young women from across Wales in line for the Miss Wales 2018 crown.
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Hi my name is Sophie, I'm a fun, bubbly, outgoing and enthusiastic 20-year-old from Penllergaer, Swansea. I currently work at my local pub, The Old Inn, as a waitress and also work as a match day hostess at the Liberty Stadium. I love doing fitness, socialising with friends and being spontaneous. I took part in Miss Wales back in 2016 as my first pageant. The experience had a massive influence on my growth in confidence and I met some lovely ladies who I am still in contact with. It's exciting getting stuck back into the fundraising and activities the competition has to offer and to make new memories. By taking part in this event I would hope to inspire young girls who are above average height, who may not like being tall or feel out of place, to be confident, embrace their beauty and walk tall! I'm really looking forward to the three day final and I just want to say a huge thank you to Paula and friends and family for their support and encouragement through it all. Alsoto Brains for sponsoring me.
I am currently studying for a degree in law at the University of South Wales. As an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, I have been involved in raising awareness by giving talks and presentations, which has inspired me to follow a career in the field of human rights. As I was bullied at a younger age for being tall and having braces it is my ambition to represent those who cannotdefend themselves and are considered to be ‘different’. Raised and educated in a bilingual environment in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan I am intensely proud of my language and culture and especially welcome the opportunity to give something back to the community that I live in. To this end, I have been a community carer for the elderly and currently work in a shop where I am in constant contact with local people. I am honoured to be part of Miss Wales 2018 and hope to be able to use my communication and interpersonal skills to fundraise, promote my country and to encourage all females to be a warrior, not a worrier.
My name is Aimee-Marie from Gorseinon, Swansea. I am a hard-working and focused individual with a desire to succeed in everything I do. I am studying for my Art and Design foundation diploma specialising in fashion. My aim is to attend university and study a degree in fashion and ultimately my ambition in life is to be a fashion designer. Alongside my studies I also work in Newlook, Trostre as a sales assistant. In my life there are three main principles that I live by; believe in yourself, help others and live each day with no regrets. I have always supported charities and given up my own time to help others, I am proud to be raising money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity. I feel privileged to have been selected as a Miss Wales finalist. The journey so far has been amazing, meeting so many exceptional women who all want to achieve the same goal. I know that I have made friends for life. If I was to be crowned Miss Wales 2018 I would be determined to continue to make Wales proud and share my principles, it would be an honour and one of the biggest accomplishments in my life.
My name is Hanna Davies, I'm 19 years of age from the historic coastal town of Llantwit Major and would like to become an accountant. The global business environment is constantly evolving and my ultimate professional goal is to join one of the Big Four accounting firms through an apprentice scheme, qualify as an accountant and develop a specialist expertise. Being chosen as a finalist in Miss Wales 2018 is one of the most exciting things that has happened to me. I am a firm believer that beauty comes from within and that each day I wake up, I should strive to be the best person I can be. The Miss Wales experience has given me an incredible opportunity to develop personal life skills in self-awareness, confidence and creativity. I am delighted to be involved in raising money for disadvantaged children through the Beauty with a Purpose charity and will be doing this through a combination of personal activities and organised events. I'm proudly a fluent Welsh speaker, and very passionate about the Welsh heritage. It would be an honour to become Miss Wales and make Wales proud of me; as an energetic and enthusiastic person, I would inspire others to be their own person and encourage young people to develop their own personal life skills.
My name is Jessie, I am twenty-two years old currently studying BA Early Years Education and Care at Trinity Saint David. I volunteer at Felinfoel Family Centre where I build a bond through speech and play with the children and their families. I have my own successful children’s entertainment business that has been running for four years, where I go to parties and charity events as a princess to make children’s dreams come true. My goal is to build on my business but before that I will be travelling to Africa to do volunteer work in the local school and the disabled and HIV/AIDs centre as it has been a desire that I have wanted to do since a young girl and after seeing my mother do similar work. A goal of mine is to raise awareness of mental health and to change people’s views and stereotyping people with mental health issues. After years of battling with anxiety, I told myself it was time to take my life back, challenge myself and do things that I’ve always dreamed of doing, which is why I am now living my dream by competing in Miss Wales.
My name is Jade. I am 20 years old and from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan. I work in Cardiff and have recently taken on a very exciting and rewarding new job role at a home conveyancing firm. I enjoy attending my local gym regularly during the week and like to be involved with my local community. My passion - and promise to myself - is to constantly develop and progress in both work and leisure, and treasure any experiences that I am lucky enough to have. I am so grateful for the amazing Miss Wales opportunity. It has not only boosted my confidence but I have met individuals who I know will be life-long friends. In school I lacked confidence and my shy personality held me back from ever taking on a new challenge. To me, this is a life-changing experience, and I will continue to take on board all of the advice and encouragement from everyone to ensure that this is the best experience possible. I am so proud to support the Beauty With a Purpose charity raising money to help others.
I am a Swansea University graduate in Children’s nursing. This course has enabled me to fulfill two passions of mine: advocating for children and travelling. During my studies, I took part in a European funded exchange programme working within the main children’s hospital for families living with HIV in Denmark. Since graduating, I have worked both as a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit, and as a child welfare officer, supporting young people many of whom have been victims of child exploitation. I am very passionate about my work, and working for NHS in Wales, and meeting diverse families and professionals has shown me how lucky I am to live and work in such a multicultural country. In September I will be embarking on my Masters in Child Public Health to further my career prospects as an advocate for vulnerable children and families. Education is something I strongly advocate, and I would use my crown to raise awareness of the importance of education for disadvantaged and marginalised females worldwide I believe I am a family-orientated, caring and hard-working person, who is aiming to work with, advocate for, and make a difference to children’s health and wellbeing through my work and volunteering.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing” – Coco Chanel. This aspirational quote represents how I feel being a Miss Wales finalist. Being a finalist gives me the chance to demonstrate to young Welsh women how they can be empowered to ‘grow’ their own wings and become what they aspire to be. This is the first time I have been involved in the competition and I am humbled by the opportunity and by being a finalist. I am currently in my final year of ‘A’ levels, working hard to secure a place at a local university to study to become a teacher of physical education. In my spare time, I play competitive sports representing Cardiff and the Vale at netball as well as playing for a local club. I am a vibrant, optimistic and outgoing person who loves to laugh, with a wicked sense of humour. I am very proud of my Welsh heritage and feel that this competition is a great advert for the women of Wales. I have a passion for supporting others, to help them achieve their goals especially those who are less fortunate or face significant challenges. I would like to thank you in anticipation of your vote and finally, I would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Gwena Dental Care for their commitment and sponsorship.
I am proud to be Welsh and I feel blessed to have been selected as one of the Miss Wales finalists for this year. It is important to me that young girls have role models to aspire to be like, who are charitable, selfless, caring and confident... and that is how I aspire to be. I currently study four A levels through the medium of Welsh in sixth form and represent my school on the women’s rugby, netball, and swimming team...this has now led me to successfully become a sports ambassador for my school. Last year I was selected as captain of the local Women’s under 18s rugby team; I am very passionate about the sport as it is traditional to our country. Becoming captain taught me the responsibility of leadership and knowledge. Currently I am a grade 6 in classical ballet and pointe, and I was not long ago a competitive swimmer competing for Swansea and South Wales. This time last year I lacked confidence and self-belief, but through this journey I have learnt to love myself and to never limit my potential. I believe in girl power and that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
I live in Cemaes bay which is the most northern village in the whole of Wales! I am 23-years-old and have not long become a beauty therapist. Before coming a beauty therapist I was a health carer working with dementia patients. I love both jobs as I thrive on helping others and making people feel good about themselves and making people feel better on bad days. Both jobs have taught me to grow as a person and appreciate that life is very short, this is why I have entered Miss Wales to gain more confidence, learn new skills, meet new people and as a whole gain more life experience. I want more people to understand the purpose of Miss Wales and to understand it’s a lot more than posing in a dress. This year I’d like to make a difference to my life as well as others in the best and most enjoyable way possible. I also volunteer for a charity called Riding for the Disabled and through this I am in a cook book with Princess Anne which was done to raise money for the charity. I also can’t wait to try my best for Beauty with a Purpose. I would love to be an ambassador for Wales and I would most certainly try and concentrate on less bullying and the importance of female empowerment and for people to understand there is no I in team. I am a Welsh speaker and I feel privileged to even be a part of Miss Wales. I can’t wait to start mixing with the beautiful finalists and the whole experience has made me really excited for my future.
My name’s Bethany, I’m 20 years old, and from Newport. I am a home-loving, family-orientated young woman, who appreciates all the love and support I have received so far on my Miss Wales journey. My philosophy in life is to enjoy every opportunity that arises, and to treat others the way I would like to be treated myself. I currently work in House of Fraser Cardiff, and also model in my spare time. I enjoy being outside and exploring the Welsh countryside. Family camping holidays have been a big part of my childhood and have allowed me to appreciate the beautiful country we live in. From a young age, I swam competitively for Newport, and this enabled me to recognise the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. I believe that taking part in regular exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet, is extremely important, as a healthy body is a healthy mind. I hope to inspire other young people to believe in themselves, and that anything is possible. Helping and supporting others is an avenue I am keen to explore, and I am excited to be part of Miss Wales, while raising money for Beauty with a Purpose
My name is Elizabeth Jenkins, I enjoy motivating myself to constantly beat my personal goals at the gym. I am a student in Bridgend college, studying my hobby, automotive engineering. This has given me a lot of confidence and strength. I also work part-time as a bar maid at the Heronston Hotel where I am developing new skills in communication. My journey as a Miss Wales finalist has broadened my horizons and enabled me to achieve things I wouldn’t have had the confidence to attempt previously. I am honoured to be part of this and proud to represent Wales to the rest of the world. Miss Wales is about more than looking good. Conventions of beauty may change over time and across cultures, but striving to build a better world is always a beautiful mission, and one that I wholeheartedly share. If I have the opportunity to progress further, I would like to become a role model empowering more Welsh women to study STEM subjects. Women are in the minority in my vehicle maintenance class, and an interest in engineering is viewed as masculine. I would like to change this and inspire a new generation of female engineers to boost the Welsh economy.
I'm Chloe, I am 19-years-old from Cardiff and I am a fluent Welsh speaker. I work as a nursery assistant at Cylch Meithrin Creigiau which is a Welsh nursery, I adore my job! My aim is to work with children with additional learning needs as this is something that I have a big interest in and hopefully, one day, I would love to open my own nursery. I love ice skating, socialising and going out with friends and spending time with my family. I am taking part in Miss Wales as it seemed the perfect way to work on my confidence. If I was to become the next Miss Wales I would use my crown to raise awareness on mental health issues and to show girls and boys who are going through the same issues that nothing can ever get in the way of your own happiness and goals. I am very grateful to Proline Skates for being my sponsor and I am honoured to be raising money for the amazing charity ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ for disadvantaged children as children are a big part of my life! I have met friends for life on this journey and I can't wait to see what the future holds!
My name is Lois, I am 22, and from Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent. I am a determined, highly motivated and ambitious individual who is passionate about life, business and finance. I continually challenge myself to be better than yesterday, living by the motto ‘be the best you can be’. I am currently employed in the financial services sector for a multi-national company, alongside studying accountancy. I aim to have a successful career in finance and aspire to become a chartered accountant. I lead a healthy and active lifestyle and enjoy socialising with friends, playing the piano, and taking any opportunity to travel and experience new things. It has been a pleasure to invest my time into fundraising and raising awareness for Beauty with A Purpose and I am extremely grateful for all those who have supported myself and donated to the charity. I am honoured to be a finalist and having the chance to meet some truly inspirational ladies along the way, making memories I will forever cherish. I will continue to treasure this experience and cannot express enough what a privilege it would be to continue the journey as an ambassador for Wales.
My name is Emily, I am 18-years-old and from Swansea. My nature is to be a kind, highly-motivated and determined young woman. I am currently studying for my A-levels at sixth form and also work as a match day hostess at the Liberty Stadium. In my spare time I enjoy a good active social life with friends and spend time at my local gym. From a young age I have had a passion for dance and have also played netball for Swansea, played the piano and enjoyed swimming and lifesaving. I feel incredibly privileged to have been selected as a Miss Wales finalist especially as it allows me to pro-actively support the charity 'Beauty With a Purpose'. As an extremely caring person, this fits in with my ambition of ultimately going into the nursing profession. I am lucky to have supportive family and friends and will continue to work hard and make them proud. My journey as a Miss Wales finalist so far has allowed me to grow in confidence, create unforgettable memories, meet inspirational women and gain life-long friends. I am enthusiastic about the possibility of continuing my journey and becoming an ambassador for Wales which will enable me to become a role model for young women and encourage them to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.
I’m Emily, a special effects artist from Pontypridd. After completing a foundation degree, I moved to London to further enhance my study. Three years on, I graduated from University of the Arts London in Technical Arts and Special Effects, was invited to a ‘winners lunch’ with the artists at Madame Tussaud’s and now have a background of work varying from Johnny English to the Cadw Dragons at Caerphilly Castle. Studying away from Wales and travelling America, helped me realise the true beauty of what is on my doorstep. Coming home was always a treat, surrounded by close family and friends, appreciative of the beautiful landscapes around me, Wales held my heart and brought constant comfort. After moving home and gaining a job in the creative industry in Cardiff, it is now my time to pay my thanks to Wales for example by holding workshops in local primary schools encouraging children to explore areas outside of the curriculum. It’s an honour to become a Miss Wales finalist and I’m enjoying every moment, from forming a bond with inspirational women to fundraising for Beauty With a Purpose. I’m ambitious to be a successful ambassador for Wales, a driving force to empower young women and help those who make this country special. I thank all that have supported my Miss Wales journey, I hope to do you proud.
Hi, my name is Nia and I am from Blackwood, Caerphilly. I am 18-years-old and I am currently in my second year at Ballet West. Ballet West is a ballet school that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree course in dance performance and is located near Oban, Argyle in Scotland. I have always wanted to become a professional dancer and I am so excited to be so close to achieving my dream. In 2015 I went to Morocco with World Challenge. During this time we stayed in a town and rebuilt sports facilities for the local school. We also met local people and I learnt so much about the local community. From this trip onwards, I have strived to do as much charity work as I possibly can. Beauty with a purpose is such an amazing charity and I cannot wait to raise more money alongside my fellow finalists. Becoming a Miss Wales 2018 finalist has really taught me a lot. One of the main things that I have learn from learn competition is how to wake up every morning and tell myself that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to and work hard for.
Bore da! My name is Charlotte I’m 17 and I live in the fabulous Roman village of Caerleon. Currently I study and have a huge interest in A Level English language and business studies in sixth form and absolutely love it. My intention for my future is to become an entrepreneur running my own business. Throughout my school days I had a passion for sports. Running for Cwmbran Harriers, playing hockey for Gwent County and dancing for Le Clares School of Dance, which has influenced my competitiveness in everyday life. However, now you will find me in the gym at least five times a week but a girl always has to have her cheat days and mine is a Nando’s with chocolate covered strawberries! My true goal in life is to spread the importance of self-love and self-worth, to not only women but also men, by learning the skill to become an empowerment speaker; which reminds me that without my amazing family, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am so thankful for their support and love. A year ago, I would never have thought that I would have entered a pageant but here I am, putting my all into raising funds for the amazing charity that is Beauty with a Purpose, being able to put myself out there, having the best experiences ever and having the belief that I CAN DO THIS.
My name is Paige Alexandria Rees, and I live in Cwmbran. I am a teacher in a local Torfaen school and I currently teach year 3. I'm passionate about teaching and learning and I try to ensure I am a good role model for the children I teach, especially young girls. I am motivated, enthusiastic and determined to reach my goals in my personal life and within my career. As a Miss Wales finalist, I would like to have a positive impact upon the environment such as showing people the importance of looking after the environment and become a positive role model within the community. I am also passionate about health and fitness, I would like to inspire others to exercise and educate themselves about health and fitness especially children as I believe being healthy has such a big impact upon our self-esteem and our well-being which is often something young people have difficulty with. I applied to become a Miss Wales finalist to not only improve my own self confidence but also to meet new, amazing people and to raise money for a charity which will help improve the lives of thousands of children all around the world.
My name is Hollie and I am proud to be preparing for the Miss Wales 2018 final alongside studying and working. I am extremely passionate about my studies and look forward to delving into a journalism degree at university. I thrive off my incredibly busy and extremely family orientated life. I am incredibly passionate about celebrating, promoting and encouraging self confidence. As a young female I suffered severely with anxiety, self esteem and confidence issues, barely able to leave my house. After completely changing my whole mindset and overcoming this, I would love to use my experiences to help and empower other young and vulnerable females. I have a passion for helping people realise their potential and worth. I have always been fortunate enough to be surrounded by bold, strong, powerful female role models – I thoroughly believe that if given the correct platform/ opportunities, I would have both the voice and the knowledge to be the role model I so passionately aspire to be. What is beauty without a purpose? The highlight of this experience so far has been forming relationships with the other finalists. 2018 is THE YEAR of the woman. I could not be entering it with a stronger team around me.
My name is Rebecca, I am 18 years old and live in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. I am passionate about health, fitness and nutrition. A few years ago I was struggling to be happy at school. I was persuaded to take up running and have never looked back. The positive impact running had on both my physical and mental health was amazing and has inspired me to aim to build a career in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer. I have begun my journey to become a personal trainer by qualifying as a Level 2 gym instructor and am working towards the Level 3 personal trainer qualification, which I hope to complete in a few months. I have recently secured a job in Evolution Health and Fitness Centre. I love working with people and encouraging them to discover the positive benefits of being fit and healthy. I have now moved on from running and enjoy HIIT Training, weight-lifting and CrossFit in my spare time. I also enjoy trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone. I truly believe in trying to be the best version of myself and encouraging others to do the same.
I am 24 from Newport, South Wales. I am a confident, bubbly, determined, goal getter who loves to socialise and encourages a healthy lifestyle by keeping fit up to five times a week. I am a sociology and education graduate, currently working as part of a management team at Pandora in Cardiff. As a Miss Wales finalist it gives me the opportunity to embrace my femininity unapologetically and promote positivity. I aim to do this while using the platform to create and attend events which raise incredible amounts for Beauty With a Purpose and above all, make a difference to people’s lives. I am blessed to have an amazing support system of family and friends. I have put my heart and soul into this journey. My aim is to lead by example to inspire and teach people that no matter what walk of life you come from, being yourself, having confidence, determination and self-belief will lead you to do great things, experience life changing opportunities and achieving any goal you set yourself. Winning the title would simply be the icing on the cake to such an unforgettable journey and being an ambassador for Wales would be an honour I would wear with pride for the rest of my life.
Hello, I’m Louise! I’m an outgoing, compassionate, ambitious and adventurous 19-year-old woman from Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf. I use my position as junior hairstylist to channel my creativity. It is a very rewarding job as I’m able to help women feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. I’m currently studying computer science as technology has always been one of my passions. In my free time I enjoy expanding my knowledge of French and Welsh, European history and computer coding. This is my second time entering the Miss Wales pageant. Over the last year and a half the pageant has really helped to improve my self-confidence, drive to succeed and social skills as you’re constantly making new lifelong friends. I’m a firm believer that you should treasure life and live it to the fullest by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly as this promotes good mental health as well as physical health. My aim in the Miss Wales pageant is to use this amazing platform to raise awareness for Beauty With A Purpose and to empower women all over the world to embrace their beautiful imperfections.
Hi! My name is Beth. I’m 21 years old. I am from Conwy, a small historic town in North Wales. I previously studied Nutrition in Cardiff for 2 years, but I’m currently taking an academic break. For the past 2 summers I’ve served as a Culinary Arts counsellor in a Summer camp in America, teaching children the importance of a healthy diet and how to cook healthy meals for themselves. I love to experiment in the kitchen and regularly attend my local fitness suite and swimming pool. I am fluent in the Welsh language, I love the outdoors and I’m truly blessed to have such beautiful Welsh landscapes on my doorstep. I’m also a qualified netball coach and have previously worked closely with my local children’s team and Urdd Gobaith Cymru in both netball and gymnastics. I feel privileged to have been chosen as a Miss Wales Finalist, even to be associating with young women with a similar mind-set and approach to life is inspirational in itself. Likewise, I’m honoured to be raising money and awareness for the Beauty With A Purpose Charity. I believe life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.
My name is Emma, I am 24-years-old and live in Bridgend. I am a passionate and dedicated dance teacher and proud owner of Emma Louise School of Dance. My goals and aspirations are to inspire the children I teach by building their confidence and help to develop their self-belief. I aim to provide a safe and happy environment in which they can express themselves freely and use dance as a form of escapism from the stresses of daily life. I began competitive dancing at the age of 11 and have won European and World titles over the years. Representing my country at such prestigious events has been an amazing experience. I am now truly honoured and grateful to be embarking on the Miss Wales journey. Working with Beauty with a Purpose fits hand in hand with the core values and principles I already truly believe in. Raising money for disadvantaged children and working alongside the other passionate finalists has been a privilege. Wales is a beautiful country with a strong sense of culture and history, making me very proud to be Welsh. Becoming an ambassador for Wales and a role model for young women would be an experience I would always treasure.
I live in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a historical town in the heart of Snowdonia, in North Wales. I’m 20-years-old and work in Gwesty Seren, a hotel specially designed for people with mental and physical disabilities. The hotel is part of a charity called SEREN which supports people with learning difficulties. This year I want to make a real difference, not only within my community but across the whole country. I have a great ardour in raising money for different charities - I have already raised more than £2000 for several causes - and I am privileged to be raising money for Beauty with a Purpose. If I am lucky enough to be an ambassador for Wales, I would learn and teach the importance of female empowerment to our younger generation. It is of great value that young women are educated on this subject from a young age. Also as a Welsh speaker, one of my goals is to encourage the use of our native language as I feel it is important for people to have access to a Welsh-medium education and to have the opportunity to converse in one of Europe’s oldest languages. Rydym yn codi wrth godi eraill, diolch yn fawr.