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

Editor's Viewpoint

People have differing views on beauty pageants, with some feeling that they are outdated and denigrating to young women.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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