Local girls add spice to Miss Bollywood contest

Samantha Graham.
Samantha Graham.
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TWO Newtownabbey girls were among the finalists at the glamourous Miss Bollywood NI beauty pageant at Belfast’s Ramada Hotel on Sunday night (May 13).

Jade O’Neill from Glengormley and Samantha Graham from Whitewell didn’t walk off with the crown on the night, but both can be proud of making it to the final of the Indian-inspired competition.

Eighteen girls from all over Northern Ireland lined up for the spectacular finale of the catwalk contest, which was set up to raise funds for the charity Impact India.

As part of their participation in the event, all the contestants had to raise funds to help the charity set up an ‘Angel House’ in Bangalore to rescue abandoned babies.

Jade, a 21-year-old fashion management degree student, raised £380 for Impact India and is hoping to travel to Bangalore later this year to help with the ‘Angel House’ project.

The aspiring model, who was also a finalist in the prestigious Miss Ireland pageant last month, was unavailable for comment this week as she was busy taking part in the Cinemagic Film Festival in Dublin.

Samantha (19), who is due to start a Social Policy degree course at the University of Ulster in September, also did her bit for the charity, raising a total of £150.

Reflecting on Sunday night’s final, she said: “It was a really good experience and definitely a stepping stone towards a career in modelling.

“I was glad to be able to put the time and effort into helping such a good cause.”