A ‘green goddess’ from Londonderry is hoping her looks can help turn heads towards global environmental issues.
Ciara Walker will represent Northern Ireland at the finals of the eco-inspired Miss Earth competition later this year after winning the local heats.
The 21-year-old represented the Maiden City at the final of the regional event at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown.
The newly-crowned Miss Earth Northern Ireland will add a touch of glamour to the environmental debate as she helps promote campaigns throughout her reign.
“In my city in the past few years there has been some awareness raised on the importance of protecting the environment,” she said.
“I want to add to this.
“Given that my city has been awarded the first City of Culture for 2013, it is imperative that the beauty of its natural resources and history are preserved.
“As a young girl living in this city I feel it is up to us to educate the rest of the nation and the world of this beautiful place, not just Derry as a city but the Emerald Isle, as it is lovingly known throughout the world. “
The internationally-renowned Miss Earth, which is one of the biggest and most prestigious beauty events in the world, has contestants from 100-plus countries participating in December.
It concludes in a live, televised coronation with the winner becoming an ambassador for environmental programmes worldwide.
Ciara walked away with an impressive prize package of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world finals, a wardrobe of glamorous evening gowns for the world finals and beachwear.