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Miss Northern Ireland Judith Wilson hoping to rule the world

By Maureen Coleman

The Northern Ireland public was today urged to back a local beauty queen to help her bring the Miss World crown home.

Miss Northern Ireland Judith Wilson, who hails from Ballinamallard in Co Fermanagh, is currently in Johannesburg preparing for the world’s biggest beauty pageant.

Judith — granddaughter of Senator Gordon Wilson — will compete against 111 other finalists on Saturday, December 13. The girls have already spent over a week in Johannesburg, taking time out to enjoy a safari and visiting a local children’s hospital as well.

There will be a top 15 selected and all contestants have various routes to “fast track” into this top 15. As well as the judges selecting some of the finalists, girls can compete in various sections to win a place in the final 15. The sections are — Beach Beauty, Sport, Talent, Top Model, Beauty with a Purpose, and Public Vote.

Judith will take part in all of the ‘fast track’ events in a bid to win the contest.

Calling on the public to get behind her model, boss and Miss Northern Ireland organiser Alison Campbell said: “Judith is a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland and we would urge as many people as possible to get behind her and help her win that place in the top 15.

“All you have to do is log onto www.missworld.com and follow the links to Vote for Miss Northern Ireland.”

The new innovative Miss World website, in five languages, was launched last week. Voters will have the chance to keep up-to-date during the next few weeks through daily blogs, all the latest news, photographs and videos.

Judith has chosen two charities to help, the Spirit of Enniskillen, which was set up by her grandfather in the wake of the Enniskillen Bomb of 1987, and the Northern Ireland Hospice.

Claire Trainor, manager of the adult Hospice, said: “We are so grateful and proud to be associated with Judith Wilson, Miss Northern Ireland 2008.”

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