GLENGORMLEY girl Katrina Donaldson will be hoping to be named the ‘Face of Northern Ireland’ at the grand final ceremony in the Canal Court in Newry this week.
The 19-year-old, who also performs as a Rihanna tribute act, is hoping to win the competition and represent the country at the Face of Europe awards later this year.
She said: “Unlike any other beauty contest or pageant, Face of Northern Ireland gives young women, who might not have the self-confidence, the skills they need to become a pageant queen.
“It teaches them social skills, gives them the chance to travel, meet new people and build friendships along the way.
“I’m really looking forward to the competition. It will mean a lot to me to win it and I think it can be a good platform to go on to bigger and better things.”
The competition comes hot on the heels of a charity ball organised by Katrina in the Stormont Hotel on Saturday, August 11.
Some of the local fashion scene’s best models, most talented designers, make-up artists and musical performers helped raise funds for the Rainbow Child Foundation and Headway East Kent.
The night was hosted by local girl Jade O’Neill, a former Miss Northern Ireland and Miss Bollywood NI finalist.
The charities were chosen by the Face of NI organisers and the contestant which raises the most money for the charities will be named Miss Charity during tonight’s finale.
Katrina added: “It was hectic organising for tonight’s competition and trying to organise the charity ball, but it came together well and the night was a success.
“At first, having not done anything like it in the past, it was difficult to try and contact people and how to word emails correctly
“But eventually I got a lot of people involved and with the likes of Coca-Cola, Build-a-bear, Rogue hair salon and Crusaders Football Club, it was a real success.
“I have enjoyed the experiences this competition has put me through and it has really broadened my horizons as to what I can accomplish. This journey has been incredible so far - I hope it can continue.”