Autumn Mason - Miss Bleanau Gwent 2016 and Miss Wales 2017 finalist

17 March 2017
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17 March 2017, Comments 0

I am so grateful to Miss Wales for the opportunities it has given me and the way it has helped mould me into a strong, confident woman.

Before Miss Wales I had no confidence or self-belief and I was a nervous person. I didn’t have many friends and felt like I didn’t fit in. However, Miss Wales gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded girls and it was the first place where I felt like I really did fit in.

Miss Wales has taught me that with hard work and determination I can achieve my wildest dreams and reach goals I never thought imaginable.

Through my time as a finalist, I have become an ambassador for my community. I have thrown myself into each and every opportunity available to me in my local area and have met many inspiring people.

I have worked with numerous charities and organisations that are very close to my heart and I have raised an incredibly amount of money for charity.

I have been to more than 65 events as a finalist and experienced some incredible opportunities. During my time as a finalist, I have been elected an ambassador for the Ty Hafan charity, switched on my local town’s Christmas lights, helped save Wales’ oldest cinema, spoke on my local radio station, been on ITV Wales News and met incredibly inspiring people from across Wales.

My main focus has been the Miss World Charity, Beauty With A Purpose. Within my borough I have spread awareness and spoken about the work the Miss World Charity does not just in Wales, but worldwide. I have organised a night of entertainment that raised more than £500 and I now have another event in aid of Beauty With A Purpose which will be my last event before the Miss Wales final.

The Miss Wales experience really has helped me in so many ways and has changed me in a positive way.

As the Miss Wales final comes closer, I grow more and more grateful to the organisation and Miss Wales Director, Paula Abbandonato. She believed in me when I perhaps didn’t and allowed me to take part in this once in a lifetime experience.
I would encourage anyone to get involved within the Miss Wales organisation because, not only is it a pageant but it’s a family.

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