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Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley  on her first day as  The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Work men at Belfast City Hall get a look at Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley  on her first day as  The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Work men at Belfast City Hall get a look at Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Twenty-six finalists from across Northern Ireland took part in the final, organised by top modelling agency ACA Models. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.

Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Twenty-six finalists from across Northern Ireland took part in the final, organised by top modelling agency ACA Models. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.

Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

ewly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley  on her first day as  The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

ewly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Rebekah Shirley is Crowned The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Rebekah Shirley, 18, from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Pictured with Rebekah Shirley is (from left) Alison Clarke,John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct and outgoing Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green.

Rebekah Shirley, 18, from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Pictured with Rebekah Shirley is (from left) Alison Clarke,John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct and outgoing Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green.

Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.

Rebekah Shirley, aged 18 from Ballymoney has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 12th May. Top finalists on the night included Anna Henry, aged 19 from Portglenone who came second and Sophia Adli, aged 22 from Belfast who was placed third in the contest.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final next month. Pictured at the event are (from left) Emma Irvine, Orlaith Boylan, Rebekah Shirley, Bronagh O’Kane, Meagan Daley.

Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final next month. Pictured at the event are (from left) Emma Irvine, Orlaith Boylan, Rebekah Shirley, Bronagh O’Kane, Meagan Daley.

Pictured are the 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest, who took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final which will take place on Monday 12th May.

Pictured are the 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest, who took part in an intense induction session at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, in preparation for the contest final which will take place on Monday 12th May.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest joined staff and diners at Horatio Todd’s Bar & Restaurant, Belfast for Sunday lunch ahead of the contest final tomorrow, Monday 12th May.  The gala final, which will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast will be a glitzy black tie affair, hosted by former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley and UTV’s Marc Mallet.

26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest joined staff and diners at Horatio Todd’s Bar & Restaurant, Belfast for Sunday lunch ahead of the contest final tomorrow, Monday 12th May. The gala final, which will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast will be a glitzy black tie affair, hosted by former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley and UTV’s Marc Mallet.

Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest join John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct Insurance at the Europa Hotel, Belfast ahead of the contest final. Pictured (from left) are Claire McErlean, Meagan Daley, Sara Murphy and Sophia Adli.

Finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest join John Laverty, Area Manager, Open + Direct Insurance at the Europa Hotel, Belfast ahead of the contest final. Pictured (from left) are Claire McErlean, Meagan Daley, Sara Murphy and Sophia Adli.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

The 26 finalists of the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland contest ahead of the contest final which will take place at the Europa Hotel.

Newly Crowned Beauty Rebekah Shirley on her first day as The Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2014, with 13 Heats across NI, Beating 26 Finalists from13 Heats across NI with the final being held in the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday evening. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Meet the new Miss Northern Ireland.

Rebekah Shirley, a student from Ballymoney, took the crown ahead of 25 other finalists on Monday night.

The 18-year-old said she was "still in shock" at winning the title.

"Just to say I'm representing Miss Northern Ireland at Miss World is an absolute honour," the former Ballymoney High School pupil said.

Rebekah is currently studying media, TV and film at Ballymoney NRC College and hopes to go on to work in the TV industry.

Growing up Rebekah had always followed the Miss NI competition and finally decided this was the year to enter it.

"I just thought I had nothing to lose," she said. "It's such an amazing opportunity to be able to represent your country as Miss Northern Ireland."

And now that she's won it, Rebekah can't wait to get started. "I want to give my absolute all to everything I do and just try and be as successful as I can," she said.

Now that Rebekah is a role model for young girls across Northern Ireland, she says it's all about being "confident in yourself".

"I would say let your personality shine through."

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