Engineering student Anna Henry crowned Miss Northern Ireland
A student engineer from Portglenone has been crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2017.
Anna Henry was announced as the winner at a glittering gala event at the Europa Hotel in Belfast last night.
The stunning 22-year-old impressed the panel of judges on the night with her beauty, charm and personality, giving her the winning edge over 23 other finalists to acquire the coveted crown from 2016 winner, Emma Carswell.
Anna is a final year student at the Ulster University studying Renewable Energy Engineering.
She has an energetic background in dance, sport and music, having achieved All Ireland Irish dancing medals as well as completing various grades in piano and violin, and also partakes in competitive Crossfit.
Anna's future ambition is to work in project management in engineering, and she said she is "absolutely delighted" for this opportunity to represent Northern Ireland.
"Taking part in the contest has been such an immense experience and I never thought I would come this far. I've always looked up to previous Miss Northern Ireland winners, so I hope to follow in their footsteps and become a positive role model for other local girls," she said.
"The competition has already been such a life changing experience and I have made friends for life. Winning this title is undoubtedly life-changing and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me!" The Miss Northern Ireland final was hosted by former winner Zoe Salmon-Corrie as well as Q Radio breakfast presenter Stephen Clements.
Contest organiser and managing director of Belfast modelling agency ACA Models, Alison Clarke, who won Miss Northern Ireland in 1982, said: "We are thrilled that Anna has won the title. Although the standard of talent has been extremely high this year, Anna has really sparkled throughout the contest and she certainly wowed the judging panel on the night."
Emma Carswell said: "I've had an incredible year as Miss Northern Ireland. It's been a real honour fulfilling this role and I've gained so much from my experience. It's with a heavy heart that I relinquish my crown, but I am so happy to be passing it to Anna, who is a deserving winner." Anna will go on to represent Northern Ireland at the Miss World competition later this year.