Beauty Jade aims to make a splash at Ocean pageant
She has already been a Miss Teen Queen finalist and now Co Londonderry teenager Jade Roberts is setting her sights on a much bigger title.
The 19-year-old from Greysteel will travel to Taiwan next year to take part in the Miss Ocean International beauty pageant.
Jade was chosen as the Northern Ireland delegate out of 50 other young girls for an event that was scheduled to take place next week but was postponed until January as a result of the adverse weather conditions.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Jade explained she was looking forward to the event, which is modelled on the Miss Earth contest.
“This will be the first time I have been overseas,” she explained. “The furthest I have been to is London.
“I am really looking forward to it. I am looking forward to seeing my friend Shauna, who is Miss England. And it’s also my birthday on January 17th — so it will be a nice birthday present for myself.”
Jade explained she will spend two weeks in the Asian country, taking part in various charity events, as well as modelling on the catwalk in a bid to take home the coveted title.
And while she loves the world of beauty pageants, the University of Ulster student said it was not the career she was planning to pursue.
“Since I did Teen Queen I have been really focusing on fashion,” she said.
“I study fashion design at the University of Ulster.
“It’s definitely the career I want. I love modelling for the travelling and meeting people but I am really passionate about fashion design. It’s what I want. After my second year I can do a placement year.
“I am hoping to go to New York to get an internship with designer Diane von Furstenberg. Nothing is for definite but I am really hoping to get it.”
Until then Jade will compete against hundreds of girls from around the world at the Miss Ocean International contest which starts on January 7.
She added: “I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me.”