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All the best: Anna Henry discusses her favourite things


Anna Henry

The 22-year-old is the current Miss Northern Ireland and lives in Portglenone, Co Antrim.

My best moment

When I was crowned Miss Northern Ireland. It was actually the third time I entered and I was runner-up in both 2013 and 2014, so it was one last go. I knew exactly what was involved and that I had to give everything for one last attempt. I didn't want to look back in 10 years time and think I should have given it one more go. When they called my name out on the night it didn't really hit me until I got on stage and saw the lights and the cameras. It was a feeling I'll probably never relive again in my life.

My best song

Rich Boy by Galantis because that was the theme song for this year's Miss Northern Ireland. It makes me smile every time I hear it.

My best way to relax

Lying on the sofa with a pizza, pick and mix, crisps and a movie. In my pyjamas with no make-up on. I really like to veg.

My best job

I have a degree in renewable energy engineering so on my placement year I worked with a windfarm company as a project manager. I spent the year tramping around in steel-toed boots with a hard hat and hi-vis jacket on and I loved it. I'm really interested in engineering and some day I want to go back to it.

My best advice

Be yourself. When I was preparing for the competition this year I kept looking back at the previous winners and how they did things. Someone told me I should stop all that and just be myself. I don't want to let being Miss Northern Ireland change me at all.

My best movie

I love Shrek and can recite every single line. It's the film I make my friends put on when we come home from a night out.

My best gift

As a child I was a complete tomboy and one day I jumped over a big iron gate into a field and it fell on my face. I was bruised beyond recognition and my mum put me in a new outfit to make me feel better - but it couldn't distract from my injured face. That evening my dad brought me an Easter egg and a cuddly toy. He never usually got involved with buying us presents but he got me this gift because he was trying to make me feel better. I never touched the egg and I actually still have it. While it's a simple thing, it was extra special to me because it was from my dad.

My best achievement My graduation. The Miss Northern Ireland final was on a Monday night and my university final was on the Wednesday. When I look back I wonder how I managed it but I got a 2:1 in my degree. I'm very proud of that.

My best buy

I have been modelling with ACA for four years and when I started Alison Clarke told me that I would need a pair of nude heels and a pair of black ones. I decided to treat myself and splashed out on two pairs of Louboutins. They were the best investment because I have worn those shoes absolutely everywhere and I still have them - and a couple more pairs too.

My best book

The Guinness Book of World Records, which I would get on Christmas Eve after changing in to my new festive PJs. I would sit with my family and read out all the weird and wonderful things in it.

Belfast Telegraph