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Miss Northern Ireland crown goes to Leanne McDowell

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Published 12/05/2015

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Melissa Anderson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Melissa Anderson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Aimee Kirk
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Christie Van Schalkwyk
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Fry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Fry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nadine Deehan
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Melissa Elliott
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Lauren Brown
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Catherine McKillop
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicola Britton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Leanne McDowell’s moment of triumph as she wins the title
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Emma Young
Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Winner Leanne McDowell
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicole Montgomery
Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Lauren Brown
Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Blair
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicole Montgomery
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Brooke Doherty
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: From L-R Amy Blair (Miss Sense), Sophie McCormick (Miss Wallace), Nicola Britton (Miss Secrets), Miss Aimee Kirk (Miss North West), Rachel Wallace (Miss Betty Blacks) , Amy Fry (Miss Antrim) and Nicola Montgomery (Miss McAleers) as MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Alexandra Kelly
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: From L-R Amy Blair (Miss Sense), Sophie McCormick (Miss Wallace), Nicola Britton (Miss Secrets), Miss Aimee Kirk (Miss North West), Rachel Wallace (Miss Betty Blacks) as MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Blair
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Winner Leanne McDowell
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.

Blonde bombshell Leanne McDowell was crowned the new Miss Northern Ireland last night.

The Newtownabbey beauty was celebrating after a glittering ceremony at the Europa Hotel in Belfast following a tense competition between the 28 finalists.

Leanne has admitted she has dreamt of being in the running for the coveted title since she was a young girl.

Speaking minutes after being crowned. she said" "It's like a dream, it's so surreal - I really can't believe it."

Leanne added: "I remember looking at magazines when I was a young girl and thinking, I'll hopefully be there some day. I never thought I would ever win it - I just wanted to be part of the Miss NI competition.

"Now that I have won it, I want to be one of the best Miss NI's ever."

Organiser Alison Clarke said the winner had to have all the skills to carry off the title, which is now a full-time job for the year. Outgoing title holder Rebekah Shirley handed over the mantle to her successor - along with a chance to compete at Miss World.

Leanne walks off with prizes including a £5,000 Ultimate Package from Therapie, a car for a year from Donnelly Fiat Group, a Miss World wardrobe from Blush, an ACA modelling contract and a host of beauty treatments.

Leanne McDowell’s moment of triumph as she wins the title
Leanne McDowell’s moment of triumph as she wins the title
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicole Montgomery
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Emma Young
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Lauren Brown
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Blair
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicole Montgomery
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Brooke Doherty
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: From L-R Amy Blair (Miss Sense), Sophie McCormick (Miss Wallace), Nicola Britton (Miss Secrets), Miss Aimee Kirk (Miss North West), Rachel Wallace (Miss Betty Blacks) , Amy Fry (Miss Antrim) and Nicola Montgomery (Miss McAleers) as MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Alexandra Kelly
Pacemaker Press Belfast 11-05-2015: From L-R Amy Blair (Miss Sense), Sophie McCormick (Miss Wallace), Nicola Britton (Miss Secrets), Miss Aimee Kirk (Miss North West), Rachel Wallace (Miss Betty Blacks) as MIss Northern Ireland Contestants prepare for the Final on monday evening at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Aimee Kirk
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Christie Van Schalkwyk
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Melissa Anderson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Fry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Fry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nadine Deehan
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Melissa Elliott
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Lauren Brown
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Catherine McKillop
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Nicola Britton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Amy Blair
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Therapy Miss Northern Ireland finals at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Winner Leanne McDowell
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.
Pictured at the Europa Hotel are the 28 finalists of the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland contest 2015.

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