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Student Anna Henry (22) crowned Miss Northern Ireland

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The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)

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Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)

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Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk )

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk )

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Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls meet in the Europa Hotel ahead of tonight's finals in the Belfast City Centre Hotel. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Miss East Belfast, Rachel Jones, does her makeup ahead of the finals.

Miss East Belfast, Rachel Jones, does her makeup ahead of the finals.

The newly crowned Miss Northern Ireland is Anna Henry. (Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)

Student engineer Anna Henry from Portglenone in Co Antrim has been crowned Miss Northern Ireland following a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Monday night.

The 22-year-old impressed the panel of judges on the night with her beauty, charm and personality.

Anna is a final year student at Ulster University. She is studying renewable Energy Engineering and has won Irish dancing medals as well as completing various grades in piano and violin.

"I am absolutely delighted to wear the Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland crown and be given the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in this way,” Anna said.

"Taking part in the contest has been such an immense experience and I never thought I would come this far.”

She will represent Northern Ireland at the Miss World Finals in China next year.

Twenty-three other finalists took part in the gala final hosted by Q Radio breakfast presenter Stephen Clements and former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter Zoe Salmon Corrie.

Contest organiser and Managing Director of top Belfast modelling agency ACA Models, Alison Clarke, who won Miss Northern Ireland 35 years ago, said: “We are thrilled that Anna has won the title.

"Although the standard of talent has been extremely high this year, Anna has really sparkled throughout the contest and she certainly wowed the judging panel on the night.”

She acquired the coveted crown from previous titleholder and 2016 winner Emma Carswell.

Belfast Telegraph