Nikita Shadrach - Miss Wales 2016 finalist - March 2016

11 March 2016
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11 March 2016, Comments 0

Where do I start? First of all I still can’t believe that I’m a Miss Wales 2016 finalist and that the final is only five weeks away. It feels as if I’ve been waiting for this moment for a lifetime and to finally have built up the courage and go for something I only used to dream of, really is overwhelming. This experience so far has been a wonderful and unforgettable one and it hasn’t even ended yet. So many opportunities have arisen since being a finalist and I am entirely grateful for each and every one, even if some did include things which I never would have done before, such as the modelling I participated in for Miss Wales, Emma Jenkins’ Charity farewell fundraiser. Even though I was completely nervous to model and walk down the runway for the first time in my life, I loved every second of it and would love to do it all over again. I truly believe that when you’re placed outside your comfort zone, it enables you to learn new skills and help reach your full potential. The competition has helped me find my confidence when I doubted it the most, and this is something which will live on with me forever. The girls I have met throughout this competition are amazing, beautiful and all different in their own little ways. The bond I have with many of them feels unbreakable, and I can honestly see us being close friends for life, and to be able to share this journey with all of them is very special. But I must emphasise that my proudest moment since being a Miss Wales finalist is definitely raising funds for Beauty With A Purpose, a charity which I’ve grown to become very passionate about. The competition has guided me in the right direction on how I can do my own charity work and raise money for ones who need our attention the most. And knowing that all the money raised in Wales gets spent in Wales, this indeed is our duty of giving something back to our communities and in my opinion that’s the beauty of it all by making a difference together. I would not change anything about my Miss Wales experience, I have thoroughly enjoyed representing my home town Swansea and making the most of every moment and for that reason I will be forever thankful and grateful. I really don’t want it to end just yet. No matter what happens on the night of the final, I am proud on how far I have come and happy to have been a part of such an inspiring journey. Miss Wales is far more than winning a crown and a sash but it’s a journey of self-development, self-embracement and self-belief. All values and memories which I’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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