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New Miss NI is a role model who should not be belittled

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 18/05/2016

People have differing views on beauty pageants, with some feeling that they are outdated and denigrating to young women. But that is a somewhat demeaning attitude towards those contestants.

For, as the new Miss Northern Ireland Emma Carswell proves, these young women are very good role models. She volunteers with a local suicide prevention charity, is training for a cycle ride to raise money for the Children's Hospice and is a university student.

She is determined to make a positive contribution to society but in the meantime is keen to enjoy her year-long reign.

Why should we begrudge her that wonderful experience?

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