Gabrielle is the new Miss Wales
Nineteen year old Gabrielle Shaw from Wrexham has been crowned Miss Wales 2013. It’s the first win for North Wales since Amy Guy, also from Wrexham, took the title back in 2004.
Blonde Gabrielle currently manages her mum’s clothing boutique and has been accepted to study at the London College of Accountancy in September for a degree in law and business. She hopes to become a barrister.
Gabrielle was one of 42 young women from across Wales to compete for the title at St David’s Hall. It was her second attempt at the Miss Wales crown having made the top five last year when Sophie Moulds from the Rhondda Valley won.
The event raised more than £20,000 for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre for Wales through the Miss World charity Beauty with A Purpose.
The final night was the culmination of an intensive three-day programme for the women. On day one, the contestants all took part in the Miss Wales Empowerment Day with a leading life coach. The aim of the day was to grow the self-esteem and confidence of the young women involved and to encourage them to make a difference in their own lives and to the lives of others around them.
Day two involved intensive rehearsals and the Miss Wales charity ball, while day three saw the women take part in an interview with the judges and two catwalk rounds.
Gabrielle, who is the youngest of six children and is an accomplished singer in musical theatre, was supported by her mum Sharon and her dad Nick on the evening. She said: "I am so pleased to win and I’m really looking forward to going to Miss World in Bali later this year. I’m going to squeeze as much into my year as possible and make every moment count."
Paula Abbandonato, director of Miss Wales, said: "Gabrielle is a lovely girl and we are very proud that she will be representing us at Miss World. It’s fabulous to have a winner from the north once again. I hope she inspires other young women in the region to try out for Miss Wales in future years."
The runners up were 23-year-old Kelly Rowland from Carmarthenshire who came second and 21-year-old Katie Hulland froim Swansea, who came third.
On the same evening, 27-year-old Michael Rae Formston from Carmarthen was awarded the title Mister Wales 2013.
Other prizes awarded during the grand final celebrations were:
- Spirit of Miss Wales – which was awarded to 20-year-old Sarah-Jayne Evans from Caerphilly for her campaigning work as Miss Caerphilly 2013
- Beauty with a Purpose – which was awarded to 21-year-old Anpna Halai, from Cardiff, who raised more £4,600 for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre for Wales
- Miss Socialite – sponsored by Pogo Digital which went to 23-year old Lizzie Thomas from Bridgend for the way she captured her Miss Wales experience on social media
- Best Hair – sponsored by Morgans Hair Salons which was given to 20-year-old Angharad Brown of Wrexham
- People’s Choice – winner of the public vote which was 23-year-old Kelly Rowlands from Carmarthenshire