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Sunday 21 December 2014

Rebekah Shirley is crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2014

Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley  on her first day as  The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
Work men at Belfast City Hall get a look at Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Twenty-six finalists from across Northern Ireland took part in the final, organised by top modelling agency ACA Models. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.
Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
ewly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press
Rebekah Shirley, 18, from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Pictured with Rebekah Shirley is (from left) Alison Clarke,John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct and outgoing Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green.
Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.
The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.
Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final next month. Pictured at the event are (from left) Emma Irvine, Orlaith Boylan, Rebekah Shirley, Bronagh O’Kane, Meagan Daley.
Pictured are the 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest, who took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final which will take place on Monday 12th May.
The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.
26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest joined staff and diners at Horatio Todd’s Bar & Restaurant, Belfast for Sunday lunch ahead of the contest final tomorrow, Monday 12th May. The gala final, which will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast will be a glitzy black tie affair, hosted by former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley and UTV’s Marc Mallet.
Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest join John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct Insurance at the Europa Hotel, Belfast ahead of the contest final. Pictured (from left) are Claire McErlean, Meagan Daley, Sara Murphy and Sophia Adli.
The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

Ballymoney stunner Rebekah Shirley has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner.

The 18-year-old student impressed the panel of judges with her beauty, charm and personality - giving her the winning edge over 25 other finalists to acquire the coveted crown from previous titleholder Meagan Green.

The gala final at the Europa Hotel on Monday night was a glamorous affair hosted by UTV’s Marc Mallet and former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter, Joanne Salley.

Winner Rebekah said: “I am absolutely delighted to wear the Miss Northern Ireland crown and be given the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in this way. 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. Winning this title is undoubtedly life-changing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.”

Further reading:

Miss Northern Ireland: In pictures

Miss Northern Ireland 2014 finalists: In pictures

Contest organiser, Alison Clarke of ACA Models, added: “We are thrilled that Rebekah has won the title. Although the standard of talent has been extremely high this year, Rebekah has really sparkled throughout the contest and she certainly wowed the judging panel on the night.”

Rebekah will receive an extensive prize package worth thousands of pounds including a year’s modelling contract with ACA Models, an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in London, a Kia car from Downey’s taxed, and insured for a year by Open + Direct, a new designer wardrobe provided by Blush Boutique and beauty treatments throughout the year.

Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second in the contest and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third.

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