The Miss Wales final takes place on Saturday 13 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 an action-packed grand final having already enjoyed the Miss Wales charity ball to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Wales and also participated in 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 2019 crown.
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My name is Courtney Alford, I am 20-years-old and from Barry. I am currently studying law and sociology at Cardiff and Vale College, and hope to go on to university to study law with criminology next September. Once finishing university, I will be starting a career in law, either as a solicitor or a job in the police force which is something I am very passionate about. But before that in the near future, I would like to go travelling, to experience the different cultures around the world, adventure around places I have never been, and also do some charity work. Because of all of the opportunities I have been given, I think it would be nice to give something back. Through the Miss Wales platform I am raising money for Beauty With a Purpose, I intend to raise as much as possible for such an incredible cause. Generally, I have never really been a confident person, but now being given the opportunity to take part in Miss Wales, has given me so much confidence, which I would like to pass on to the women around me, empowering as many people as possible to go after what you want. A year ago I would never have thought that I would be a finalist for Miss Wales 2019, I’m so thankful for this wonderful experience. I strive to be successful in everything I do, and one thing I would like to achieve would be to empower the younger generation of women and even older, to be happy, successful and supportive of everyone around you.
My name is Ebony Banks, I’m a 22-year-old student, studying hospitality, tourism and event management at Wrexham Glyndwr University. I’m truly honoured and humbled to be representing Wrexham, a wonderful and understated area, in the Miss Wales 2019 final.
Since starting my time at university my confidence and self-belief has developed dramatically. Four years ago, I didn’t have the ability to see my own capabilities. Now, in my final year of university, I’m on track to receive a 1:1, I’m the student council chair, student ambassador, nominee for student union president as well as the winner of a national scholarship award to work with the world’s largest travel and tourism events company.
This new-found confidence led me to apply for Miss Wales 2019. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help empower young women and to instil a belief in themselves that there’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it, I hope to be a role model for younger generations and to encourage people to see the best in themselves and in others.
I believe that life is what you make of it and that hard work and determination will always pay off, one of my biggest fears is to live life with regret. I hope to encourage others to also take risks and seek their goals in life. In the future I hope to own my own events management company, which has been a dream of mine since I was 15.
One of my passions is raising money for charity. In 2017 I project managed an event which helped raise more than £30,000 for charity FareShare which re-distributes surplus food. I hope to be able to raise lots of money for Beauty With a Purpose as part of my Miss Wales journey.
I am Zoe and I am from Gorseinon in Swansea. I studied at Aberystwyth University and am the only UK 2018 graduate of accounting and finance with Law. Now, I work as a paraplanner in financial services and am training to be a financial adviser.
I enjoy learning new skills. This includes first aid as I would like to be able to help someone in need. Also, I have always loved martial arts training, I have tried tae kwondo, kickboxing and mma. I am currently on a hiatus from this due to a grappling knee injury. In addition, I have completed level 1 in sign language in order to communicate with deaf people. Deafness is the third most common disability in the UK.
I have recently bought my first house at the age of 22. People told me I could not do this on my own but I did not let that stop me!
I am taking part in Miss Wales because it is a great platform to raise money for charity, have fun and to put me out of my comfort zone. Great things do not come from comfort zones.
I’m Laura, I’m 20 and, although born in Pontypridd, I have lived in Cardiff most of my life. I am studying economics at Cardiff University where I’m also involved in dance and swimming clubs. I hope to pursue a career where I use the skills I have acquired through my academic studies. I have been fortunate enough to secure an internship at a city company this summer. I also intend to continue my voluntary work alongside this.
From a young age, I have always done a lot of sport, allowing me to recognise the importance of a balanced diet and physical activity. I also play the flute – I feel that finding a passion helps to de-stress and boost your mood! I hope to influence others to have active hobbies as I believe a healthy body and mind is key to a healthy lifestyle.
In the future, I would love to assist those less fortunate using my learning and personal experiences. Fundraising for Beauty with a Purpose during my Miss Wales journey has inspired me to help and support others. I am delighted to be a part of the Miss Wales 2019 competition and am focused and determined to help empower young women worldwide.
My name is Sophie, I am 22-years-old and currently living in the beautiful capital of wales, Cardiff. I work in recruitment and I am soon to start my new opportunity as a business development manager. I love my job in recruitment as it gives me a chance to make a positive difference to people’s lives. In my spare time I enjoy to keep fit in the gym, run 10ks and this year I aim to run a half marathon. I am an ambassador for Welsh Women’s aid, activities volunteer for Whizz Kidz charity and a keen fundraiser for women’s and children’s charities. Since starting my Miss Wales journey I have made some unforgettable memories, friends and I have seen a change in myself and I feel I have grown in confidence. As a person I love to dream big, as I feel with the right passion and love for what you do you can achieve anything in both your professional and personal life. I want to be an inspiration to young women who didn’t used to have much confidence like I didn’t many years ago and help show them that they can achieve and that they are amazing!
I’m Clarissa Boon and I'm representing Team Cardiff. Currently, I am in my second year reading English literature at Cardiff University. When I am not studying Shakespeare or writing, I enjoy walking in the countryside with my dogs. I am the secretary of the Cardiff University Fashion Society and have previously organised fashion shows for charity. This role and my part-time job as a receptionist has enabled me with good communicational skills and the ability to liaise with members of the public. I am honoured to represent my Welsh heritage. Being a finalist, since July, has allowed me to make lifelong friends. I have thoroughly enjoyed fundraising for Beauty with a Purpose such as: participating in the ‘Wedge Walk’, organising my own dinner party and selling homemade welsh cakes. One of my favourite events was the Halloween party for Dreams and Wishes. It was so rewarding to speak to the children and learn about their individual stories. Being a finalist has given me a platform to inspire other women to be strong and confident. It has enabled me to meet people from different backgrounds, and allowed me to give back to the community where I live and study.
I was told that I wasn’t going to make it as a hairdresser. I was told that having big lips and a big nose didn’t make me beautiful. I was told that I wasn’t good enough to make something of myself. Even though I got pushed back with negativity, here I am today, a qualified hairdresser by the age of 17 and a Miss Wales Finalist 2019. This shows my level of determination to do my best in everything I am passionate about. I felt like I was doubted a lot in terms of my achievements including academics as well as in my career choice as a hairdresser, however from the support from my loving family encouraged me to work harder and be resilient. Due to living near the sea I spend a lot of my spare time at the beach, including going for beach walks and surfing. Since a young age I’ve enjoyed ballet, especially when doing ballet performances. Having this hobby from such a young age has impacted the way I put my all into everything I do. I love travelling and would love to travel the world whilst doing what I love most.
I am Darcey - an outgoing, confident individual who has a drive for helping others. This is my first time taking part in a pageant, and I have grown to learn that this is a chance for women to grow in self-belief and confidence. I am humbled by this opportunity to represent my home town of Barry. I take great pride in my Welsh heritage and being an ambassador for my beloved country would be a great honour. I am a proud ambassador of ‘TheGlovesAreOn’ foundation, which aims to raise awareness for early detection of cancer, which is something close to everyone’s hearts. I am extremely passionate about empowering other women to have self-confidence and self-love. Miss Wales has created new dreams and aspirations for me that I will continue to fulfil throughout and after my journey. It is due to Miss Wales that I have not only come to realise my strengths and virtues, but also to validate my values and beliefs. I take great pleasure in raising money for Beauty With a Purpose and I thank my family, friends and community for their ongoing support. Meeting all of the beautiful, like minded women, who I know will remain lifelong friends has really been the greatest pleasure!
My name is Cara, I’m from Cwmbran and have lived in Wales all my life. I would say I am quite an out-going person and very caring person with a lot of empathy. My interests are musical theatre and sports. I have been volunteering for a youth service in Torfaen for two years which includes working with children with disabilities and anger management. I am very passionate about helping others as much as I can. I applied for Miss Wales to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and do as much work as I can towards helping them through the platform of ‘beauty with a purpose’. I’ve really enjoyed my Miss Wales experience so far because of the empowerment us girls have given each other every day and the confidence we have all gained from it! I can’t wait to see what the rest of my journey holds!
My name is Manon, I’m a qualified holistic therapist and hairdresser. I currently work as a receptionist at the UK’s biggest holiday park. I live in the beautiful countryside of North Wales on the family run farm. Wales is such a beautiful country which I am proud to have been born and raised here. I love our wonderful language, culture and history. I was an ambassador for the Children’s National Assembly For Wales by representing Gwynedd at the Senedd in Cardiff. I enjoy raising money and awareness for charities as I have done many sponsored walks and cake stalls. I thoroughly enjoy being around people and making new friends. My aspiration in life is to appreciate every opportunity and to enjoy every moment. My hopes and ambitions are to travel the world to experience and learn about different cultures, as I want to work with the biggest airline in Dubai. I’m a strong believer in kindness and by helping and supporting others. I am overwhelmed and excited to be a part of Miss Wales 2019, Diolch yn fawr.
I am a 19-year-old student from Tonyrefail studying psychology at Cardiff University. I aspire to achieve a doctorate in the field to become a clinical psychologist, supporting healthy mental development in young people. When volunteering at my local hospital, I witnessed the hard work of medical professionals, such ambition is what inspired my career choice. In the future I hope to create my own foundation in relation to mental health. I enjoy modelling, volunteering and fundraising in my spare time. I have supported several charities over the years, during my A levels I set up a fundraising committee and a “help the homeless” scheme, where I made and distributed the “care packages” with my team. I have a passion for art which I use to fundraise and support the Beauty With A Purpose charity raising money for thousands of children worldwide. I am fascinated with theatrical and abstract makeup, I love to create looks on myself, a fantastic outlet for creativity. I am honoured to be a part of Miss Wales I hope to inspire young women, encouraging them to try new things while demonstrating that Miss Wales is more than a beauty pageant, promoting kindness, generosity and selflessness.
My name is Katy-Lee Farr, I'm a singer and I work for Team Rees Gym in Caerphilly. I'm an outgoing individual constantly expanding my knowledge and learning new things. My dream is to become a singer and part of that dream has already come true. Applying for Miss Wales has given me more motivation to better myself and certainly empower younger women to be who they want to be. I'm making so many memories being a Miss Wales finalist and I'm so proud I get to raise money for the amazing charity Beauty With A Purpose. The memories wouldn't be complete without getting to meet the girls, I'm excited to see where this adventure takes me! I have the most loving family and friends, constantly giving me support and I want to carry on making them proud of me.
I’m Roxy and I aim to always empower the people I meet and strive to improve my community. I’ve worked with children for a number of years, including supporting those with additional needs and I also volunteer with brownie guides to help young women find their confidence and voices while having fun. I study my bachelor of law degree and I am very passionate about supporting people making positive changes in their lives, I hope to use my degree to work with the prison service to support rehabilitation and prison reform. I am an activist for the Torfaen/Newport West Labour Party, and love being active in the women’s forums to be discussing and making changes that are important to women in the community. In 2018 I was chosen to be the secretary for the Torfaen labour women’s forum - I hope to take on more roles! I have also achieved champion status after completing training for the white ribbon charity - a motion against male violence towards women. I want to use my Miss Wales experience to have more of a platform for supporting more organisations and encouraging members of society to see and fulfil their potential.
My name is Jessica Gallivan. I’m eighteen and currently doing an apprenticeship with social services, supporting adults with learning disabilities and older people with dementia. I also coach gymnastics. I’ve done lots of voluntary work. I volunteered in Christ Well URC when I left school. I was there for just over a year and in that time, we worked alongside other organisations to create a community garden and community transport scheme. I also volunteered in a charity shop while in school, I was there for nearly two years and loved every second of it. The last two years we have organised and cooked dinner in Christ Well for people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. I suffer from a chronic pain condition called Hypermobility Syndrome. I’ve lived with this since I was eleven, having good days and bad days. This can be hard for people to understand. I’m determined that this won’t stand in the way of my dreams. I’m eager to speak out and inspire others living with an invisible disability. My aspiration is to use the Miss Wales platform to show others that dreams do come true, regardless of any obstacles in the way.
My name is Holly Hall, I am 22-years-old and from Monmouthshire. I am currently undertaking a masters in sport management at Loughborough University, having just graduated with a degree in psychology. If a friend was asked to describe me and my personality, they would probably say bubbly, approachable, hard-working, self-assured and compassionate. Sport is a big aspect of my life, so I try to incorporate as much of it as possible into my daily routine. Playing lacrosse and rounders for Wales, as well as county netball from a young age has enabled me to flourish into the determined and strong-willed young woman I am today. I would love to share my passion with future generations of young girls, giving them the chance to engage in sport and have the confidence to tackle the challenges of life head on. I have a strong background in fundraising, collating over £2,500 for a sponsored skydive and race for life a few years ago. I‘m optimistic that I can be just as successful raising money for the amazing charity Beauty with a Purpose. In the future, I hope to secure a career in marketing with a sporting organisation such as Just Strong, who I am a current ambassador of, which embody the values and attributes of the resilient women I aspire to represent.
My name is Demi-Anne Heward. I'm 17 and I'm currently studying A levels in my sixth form. The A levels I chose to study are: religous studies, psychology and history. My goals in life are to be able to do a degree in psychology, and then work as a child psychologist to help children. I currently work with young children in Torfean play during term time. I enjoy being around children and being able to make them smile and laugh makes me feel better as a person and that I'm contributing to something. I chose to enter Miss Wales for three reasons. 1- To prove myself wrong about myself, 2- To boost my confidence, 3- To be able to proudly say that I am a part of something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. In a sense, I feel as if I've already won, I can proudly say I proved myself wrong and slowly but surely I'm gaining more confidence as each day goes by. If it wasn't for taking the chance and applying for Miss Wales ,I don't think I would feel this about myself , And for that I'm truly thankful and proud to say that I am Welsh and that I'm a Miss Wales finalist.
I’m Olivia, I’m 20-years-old and I’m from Dyffyn Ardudwy in Gwynedd. With a definite goal of becoming a primary school teacher in the future, I am currently completing a bachelor’s degree in primary education through the medium of Welsh at Bangor University. Determined to follow my grandmother’s footsteps in becoming a teacher, as a student teacher I would describe myself as ambitious, positive and open minded. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, socialising, running, baking and painting. Charity work is something I have always been regularly involved in throughout my life and I am excited to continue to do so throughout my Miss Wales journey, I believe we rise by lifting others, therefore treating others the way I would like to be treated is something I will always stand by. I believe my personality reflects the qualities of respect, thoughtfulness and empathy, these are the qualities I would reinforce as an ambassador for Wales. My aim in the Miss Wales competition is to use my platform to encourage the use of our native language, to empower women and have self-belief and be ourselves.
My name is Louise. I’m 21-years-old and I’m from Llantrisant. I’m currently working in the telecommunications industry and have been doing so for three years. While being in this industry I also work part time as a model and I engage in fundraising activities for charity. I would consider myself as someone with a bubbly personality and as someone who is outgoing and adventurous. In my spare time I like to socialise with my friends and family as well as getting to meet new people. I enjoy being able to help those around me and participating in yoga classes. During my education I focused on performing arts and musical theatre. This involved me participating in live performances including acting and dance. I have previously participated in Miss Wales during 2016 and 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Being a finalist in Miss Wales has taught me valuable lessons and has provided me with confidence, maturity and an extended self awareness. My purpose for Miss Wales 2019 is to give women the confidence to believe in their inner beauty and to enable women to realise that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. One of my beliefs is to always treat others how you wish to be treated and to personally be the difference to better our community and stand up for what you believe in.
I’m Gabriella, I’m 22-years-old, from Port Talbot. Having completed my degree in BSc Sport and Exercise Science, I have taken time out of studying to work as a model after making it to the final 14 on Britain’s Next Top Model in 2017. Sport has always played a big role in my life growing up and has helped shaped me into who I am today, from karate to athletics, and netball. I am passionate about being an ambassador and a role model to other young women, and the Miss Wales experience has always allowed me to do just that, while making friends and raising funds for Beauty With a Purpose. I am an ambassador for Thrive Women’s Aid, helping to raise awareness of the incredible work they do to help women who have been affected by domestic violence. Being an ambassador is something I am extremely proud of. I have a desire to help people, as well as having clear goals and ambition abounds. I am also a fluent Welsh speaker, which is something I am very proud of. In September I will be embarking on my Masters at university to further my education, aiming to work as an Exercise Physiologist in the health sector, helping those who have debilitating conditions. I am someone who is full of determination and takes every opportunity that comes my way. If I can and help empower other young women to believe in themselves and reach their full potential, then that would be incredible. I want to show people that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your dreams.”
My name is Kamila, I’m 19 and I study business management and Spanish at Cardiff University. I work as a sales assistant in the clothing and accessories department in Thunder Road Motorcycles in Cwmbran, as motorcycles have always been my passion! I believe that by combining Miss Wales with motorcycles, I could create something truly extraordinary and I’m delighted to use my platform as a Miss Wales finalist to empower as many women as I possibly can. By applying for the competition, I stepped out of my comfort zone and I haven’t looked back since, and that’s what I think Miss Wales is about. I want to help women gain confidence, I want to empower girls, give them strength and courage and I feel truly blessed for having the opportunity to do this with many other beautiful and confident girls. I’m proud to raise money for Beauty with a Purpose as it also stands for what Miss Wales is exactly about - using beauty to help those that need it the most. I’m so thankful to be a finalist for Miss Wales 2019 and I hope I’ll make my family, friends and loved ones proud on this journey.
I'm Hayley, I'm 21 and will be representing Powys in Miss Wales.
I'm currently working full time in administration, while also completing an at home learning course in wedding and event management and planning.
I have also started my own stunt cheerleading group called Cosmic Cheer, after gaining my level 1-3 coaching qualifications over the summer. I fell in love with the sport and found it really helped my confidence when I started training back in high school and it feels amazing to now be a coach and to be able to provide the opportunity for others to experience cheerleading too.
I am also hosting a dance competition for all the local dance groups in my area in March as we have so many talented dance schools who are always having to travel to compete and perform. I want to provide them with a great annual event that they will look forward to each year right on their doorstep.
I am very excited to be representing Powys in Miss Wales and feel very privileged to have made it this far already. I'm looking forward to the next few months of events, confidence boosting and fundraising alongside the other girls.
I’m Lleucu Mains, I’m 21 from a small town called Llandysul; currently in my final year at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying business and sport marketing. I’m a fluent Welsh speaker and I’m passionate to continue the language into my future careers. I’m an enthusiastic, outgoing and motivated individual when it comes to achievement. My hobbies include playing in my team sport of netball, going to the gym and long outdoor walks with my dogs. From some of these hobbies I’ve been lucky to obtain achievements such as becoming a qualified netball umpire and a children’s Welsh society sports coach. An aspiration of mine within the Miss Wales competition would be to encourage and empower young women to build their self-esteem and to not be afraid of grabbing every opportunity that comes their way! Throughout Miss Wales, and in the future, my aim is to continue to build my own confidence by empowering others to do the same. Stepping out of your comfort zone can sometimes bring out the best version of yourself; all while raising money for the incredible charity of Miss Wales - Beauty with a Purpose.
Shwmae! I am Lois, 23, and from Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent. I am a determined, energetic and ambitious individual who is passionate about life, fashion, beauty, business and travel. I am currently employed in the financial services sector working for a multi-national company, aiming to have a successful career in finance. I continually challenge myself to be better than yesterday, living by the motto ‘be the best you can be’. I lead a healthy and active lifestyle and enjoy socialising with friends, playing the piano, and taking every opportunity to travel and experience new cultures. It has been a pleasure to represent my region as Miss Blaenau Gwent 2018 and invest my time into fundraising, community projects and raising awareness for Beauty with A Purpose. Having had the opportunity to represent my region I would love to do so on a national level and be an ambassador for Wales. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Miss World and represent our wonderful country. I will continue to treasure this experience and can only express what a privilege it would be to continue the journey and live my dream as Miss Wales.
I’m Caitlyn, I’m 17 from Mold in Flintshire. My hobbies include encouraging physical health and well-being and spending quality time with my friends. I’ve grown up in a large family who support me through everything including this competition. I am also a young carer for my little brother who has Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome which and I take pride in that role everyday. I am interested in studying travel and tourism because I am eager to travel the world. To take part in something so great as Miss Wales is very heart-warming to me. I've been given an opportunity to support my heritage and couldn't be happier to support Wales because I couldn't be any prouder to be Welsh! This is a chance to tell all you young girls/women that this is just the beginning for each and everyone one of you, and that the skies are the limits. To show that beauty is within and anyone can achieve what you put your mind to. I am a firm believer in treating people the way we would like to be treated ourselves. One act of kindness each day would make our world a better place. Thanks for supporting me.
Miss Wales is an empowering experience for realising possibilities and seeing potential in myself and others! With a passion to learn more about my Welsh heritage, I worked at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay. I was honoured to receive three awards at the 2018 Cardiff Business School awards including Best Business Management Student in my year and for my contribution to research.
Always relishing new and exciting opportunities that put me out of my comfort zone, I travelled solo around Asia aged 19. After gaining a new-found confidence I never knew I had, Miss Wales seemed another perfect ‘adventure’ to add to the bucket list! I feel so fortunate to have met like-minded, ambitious women and face new challenges. Attending charitable events has helped to solidify my role as an ambassador for Beauty with a Purpose. Getting involved with local organisations continues to motivate me to strive to work harder towards making a difference and to use my voice to raise awareness.
Among the whirlwind of fun and fundraising, it has been an important time of reflection. In the lead up to the final, I am continuing my mission to inspire young people real beauty is in a commitment to work hard, practise kindness and promote a positive message. I want young people to know any potential opportunity can become a possibility with a bit of self-belief!
My name is Hollie-Rose Reader and I am 18-years-old and live in Cwmbran. I currently work as an admin assistant for my family business, Readers Ventilation. I really enjoy this job as I find it so interesting to learn about the things my dad works really hard on for our family. In the future, I’m hoping to open my own beauty business as I have recently gained qualifications through college and have really excelled in this area. I have also been a British gymnast from a young age which abled me compete as both a team and as an individual, as-well as coach younger gymnasts. I applied for Miss Wales for both the experience and to gain more confidence. I am excited to see how much I learn and grow from this experience. I’m looking forward to taking part in raising money for a great cause ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ and to representing Torfaen on the Miss Wales stage.
My name is Cory-Marie, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Cardiff. I am a qualified hairdresser and am currently studying business management, in the hopes of opening my own salon in the near future. Hair and beauty have always been a big passion of mine and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. Something as simple as cutting and colouring a person’s hair can have a massive impact on their confidence and self-image, and I love being able to show people how beautiful they are. Supporting others and being a role model for young women are things I have always aspired to, and amongst others, are reasons why I applied for Miss Wales. I enjoy every opportunity that arises and always try to make my family proud. Family has always been a major influence on me growing up, as one of six children, I love being part of such a big, close-knit family. Being able to work closely with charities that have a positive impact on people’s lives, gives me the drive and determination to further help those in need, and inspires me be a better person. I believe their hard work and unyielding generosity, paves the way for us to follow.
I’m Ellie, I’m 20-years-old and I am from Tonyrefail. I am a second year law student at Cardiff University and hope to go down the route of becoming a solicitor or teacher one day. I am a volunteer for Antony Nolan which signs people up the bone marrow register and have attended events in aid of this. I have been horse-riding since I was three and currently have a Connemara pony called Posh. I have previously completed tap, modern and ballet dance exams and played rugby for Tonyrefail RFC until the age of 13. I would like to describe myself as bubbly, happy and caring. I give 100% effort in everything I do and try to be the best possible version of myself. Becoming a Miss Wales finalist this year and representing the Rhondda Cynon Taff region has been a massive shock and is something that has let me explore different life experiences. It has allowed me to participate in unique events, become more confident and meet an amazing group of girls! Overall the Miss Wales experience so far has been remarkable and I cannot wait for the next few weeks ahead.
My name is Ella. I’m a law student at Cardiff and I’m a very conscientious, self-motivated and organised person who perseveres in all areas of my work. I like to think I have an effervescent personality and that I connect well with others. I have good interpersonal skills and enjoy working both on my own and as part of a motivated team. As a young woman aspiring to be a role model and an ambassador for the Miss Wales brand, I feel fortunate to have been chosen as a Miss Wales finalist, it has strengthened my confidence and self-trust. This change has allowed me to appreciate and realise just how important it is to empower women, not only young women, but of all ages. I believe that it is inspirational to be associating with women of similar mindsets and approaches to life. I am excited to continue my Miss Wales journey with a positive attitude and hopefully, make my friends and family proud.
My name is Alice Walters, I am 22-years-old and am from Newcastle Emlyn. I am outgoing and I enjoy meeting new people. I work for Antur Teifi where we work with many hundreds of businesses to help them launch or grow and develop new markets. I am currently studying Level 3 Business and Administration through work-based training. My aspiration in life is to change the “can’t” to “can” by looking at the positive side of life. I want to be a role model to school leavers especially to those that don’t want to take higher education route. There is a lot of pressure in school to attend university and I want to show that there are other options if university doesn’t appeal. There are programmes available, such as Job Growth Wales and apprenticeships that can guide you in the right direction, which helped me to be where I am today. Follow your own path and don’t be afraid of being different. In my spare time I fundraise for charities and as a family we have raised £40,000 for a children’s charity.
I never thought I would be here writing this as a Miss Wales finalist because I have never done anything like this before but it has been the best decision I have ever made. Being a finalist so far has made me grow as a person and has brought out my self-confidence. It has taught me to always be positive and strong minded. Throughout the competition I have met so many strong, beautiful and influential women who have made my experience so special. Every Miss Wales finalist has their own dreams and passions and it’s been an honour to listen and discuss it with them. I have a passion for holistic therapies and natural medicines. I am a qualified holistic therapist and I really enjoy it because it has the aspect of helping other people. I really have an eye for travelling and my goal in life is to have visited and experienced as many different cultures. I am really excited for the rest of my Miss Wales journey. It is a once in a lifetime experience. To me coming out of this competition knowing you’ve given it your all is winning in itself and it’s something I’m proud to say I am I doing.
I am currently working for my sister’s business as an admin executive. From a young age I have always been surrounded by strong, independent women which has moulded me into the woman I am today. I excelled in school but then realised I was better off channeling my skills and drive in the working world, this allowed me to expand my knowledge, people skills and confidence which I have transferred into my experience in the Miss Wales competition. I have always loved being a part of team from playing netball for south east Wales to organising large charity events raising thousands of pounds. I am honoured to have chosen on be a part of Miss Wales and share my voice for all the women and girls of Wales, to being beside girls who share the same drive, determination and courage really helps excel my own personal attributes. Being able to empower the younger generation and show them that any dream is possible has been prominent throughout my journey because ‘Behind every successful woman is herself ‘but some need that extra help to realise the full potential and that’s my main focus; any woman can achieve anything.
I’m Jordan-Leigh, a 20-year-old law student. I am true nerd (Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, musicals, history...) and love to spend time supporting my Welsh rugby team! As much as I love my ball dresses and make-up I adore exploring the Welsh countryside in my sports leggings and colourful bobble hats! I have enjoyed being part of my local community whether it be in the youth theatre, volunteering as an actor at the local community farm, most recently running a women’s fun netball club to improve confidence and provide women a fun uncompetitive way taking part in sports they love. I have found working with those who are special needs, deaf or even senior were the most rewarding shifts in my employment. I am pushing myself fitness wise with the 10KM INVNCBL challenge this April to raise money for the charity that supports children around the world and give back to the community that supported me in tough times. After losing more than two and a half stone over the last two years I’ve found keeping a healthy body has helped me keep a healthy mind allowing me to the best person I can be.
My name is Nia and I am representing Neath & Port Talbot. I am an enthusiastic, driven and motivated young woman which is why I am really looking forward to this opportunity where I can use my experience and strengths to promote such a good organisation. I am a criminal trainee solicitor and I have a law degree and diploma in legal practice. The reason I have chosen this profession is to be a catalyst in promoting change and fairness for those who require it most. My aims fit in with the idea of being a part of something bigger and using not only my profession and but also this platform to be a positive role model for young woman and show them that if you work hard enough anything is possible. I also believe I am a kind and generous woman and I strongly believe that we must instil values in the next generation to ensure that they believe they can achieve their dreams and be comfortable with who they are. Nelson Mandela said that “history will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children” I plan to use this journey to become a better version of myself and can’t wait for it to begin.
My name is Lucy Thomas and I am from Pontypridd. I am currently studying law at the University of Exeter after completing my A-level exams in the summer of 2018. Alongside my studies, I am committed to leading a healthy and active lifestyle and combine this into my everyday life. I take enjoyment out of running and this gave me the opportunity to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2017. I now focus on training for sponsored charity events which push me physically and mentally. I am passionate about charity work and have fundraised for several different charities which have been close to my heart. This is one of the most exciting things about the Miss Wales competition, being able to work closely with the 'Beauty with a Purpose' charity. In the future, I hope that I am fortunate enough to combine doing what I love with travelling. I hope to use my degree to work alongside humanitarian aid projects. I am lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to obtain a top education and I hope to use this to empower others who are less fortunate.
I am 16 years old and I am proud and passionate about being brought up in an old Welsh mining village in Rhondda Cynon Taff – and to be known has Miss Wales would mean the world! I am in full time education and studying A' levels in medical science, health and social care and sport. I enjoy many sporting activities including netball, swimming, but especially rugby. I have been a player for four years in a girls team, but started playing when I was much younger. I enjoy every training session and game I play for Gilfach Goch RFC and recently the Cardiff Blues under 18's. I aspire to travel the world to help others who are sadly less fortunate. I love spending my spare time with the people who mean the most to me, my family and friends! Any success I achieve will be dedicated to my late Nans who have taught me how to enjoy life and gave me the support and confidence to be anything I want to be. They are my inspiration to live life to the full, make the most of every opportunity and to always be grateful.