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Chloe still in running for pageant throne after costume drama

By Leona O'Neill

A young woman flying the flag for Northern Ireland at one of the world's biggest beauty pageants had her dreams almost scuppered when the costume she spent months perfecting got lost in transit.

Chloe Davies is in Vietnam for the Miss Grand International pageant, which brings together 80 contestants from across the world to compete for the crown.

Chloe, a 20-year-old civil engineering student from Londonderry, said she was heartbroken when, on the morning of the national costume section of the competition, her beautiful creation had still not arrived.

But a crisis was averted after Miss New Zealand stepped in and lent her a dress and made Chloe up to look like Daenerys Targaryen from Game Of Thrones.

After Chloe did her procession on the stage she was placed in the top 20 in that particular section of the pageant.

"I had been working on my costume since July and it was something I was extremely proud of because I made it myself with the help of my family," she explained.

"The costume was too large to put into my suitcase, so I paid a lot of money to have the three-day express delivery.

"I sent the dress for delivery the same day I left for Vietnam.

"I gave it eight days to be on the extra safe side, as I did not trust that it would only take three days.

"Unfortunately, on the night of the competition my package was still nowhere to be seen.

"So Miss New Zealand had lent me her dress and did my hair just like the Mother of Dragons from Game Of Thrones - which is obviously filmed in Northern Ireland - so I decided to let the show go on and still go on stage, even without my national costume.

"Some of the girls had the most incredible costumes I have ever seen, so I felt absolutely terrified to walk out in my simple little dress.

"People all over the world have been so supportive of me and are all sending me such beautiful messages of kindness."

Chloe, from the Skeoge area of Derry, has brought symbols of peace from home to present to judges.

She says she is looking forward to getting on stage and telling the world how far Northern Ireland has come since the Troubles.

"If I am lucky enough to make it into the top 10 I will have a speech to make for the stop war and violence campaign," she said.

Miss Grand International will be crowned on October 25.

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