A Dream Come True For The New Miss Preston 2015.
“A Dream Come True…”
Three days have passed and I still have to keep pinching myself that this is real. On Friday 3rd April, the most incredible moment of my life so far happened and the butterflies in my stomach are yet to pass.
Hello everyone, I would like to introduce myself as your new Miss.Preston 2015/16, and I could not be more honoured.
I entered Miss Preston this year for the third time after enjoying the previous heats so much and meeting young inspiring girls who I am now lucky enough to call my friends. The word “pageant” often signifies negative connotations which could not be more mistaken. These heats bring together kind-hearted, selfless and generous girls who become confident young women after taking part. Taking part is an incredible opportunity and one that allows you to feel empowered to really make a change and live by the motto, ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ and I am so fortunate to be a part of this.
At this point you are probably curious to find out a little bit more about the person behind the title.
I am 23 years old and a full time Masters student studying Fashion and Brand Lifestyle Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.
Education has always played a significant role in my life and I am very proud to have achieved a first class degree in Marketing with Communication. My previous three years at University were an enjoyable experience and here I was able to not only gain friendships from all over the world but I also discovered my enthusiasm for helping others. I had the opportunity to be a Wellbeing Mentor where I was able to help others settle into University life and face any obstacles that came their way, I was delighted to receive an award for Mentor of the Year. I also discovered my passion for cheerleading and became an athlete for “UCLan Tigers” for 4 years, elected as captain for 2014. Cheerleading has brought many friendships (and bruises too) and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to participate. I would like to add that I am really proud of the team placing 2nd at the University Nationals (the same day as the Miss Preston final)!
One of my key interests is travelling, I love immersing myself into different environments and learning about other cultures. The summer of 2014 was one that I will never forget as I was able to work as a Lifeguard in Virginia, USA for four months. Living away from home, I was able to grow in confidence, independence and I was able to develop a global mindset.
I am very passionate about charity work and previously have been able to volunteer in a number of roles for the city of Preston. My proudest achievement was raising £42,000 for the homeless community after being inspired by one homeless mans act of kindness. Still to this day I cannot believe the amount of money that was raised and I am touched that the story was able to reach the heart’s of people from all over the world. I did not think that the experience could get any better until I was invited to an annual charity celebration event, awarded a “Women of The Year Award’ from Aawaz charity. The celebration was beautiful and I am still so touched to have even been invited. This year I was also awarded Miss.Charity Preston 2015/16 for raising £1420 for Variety The Children’s Charity. Raising money and awareness for such fantastic causes is something I hope to continue doing throughout my reign.
As Miss.Preston, I hope to use my title as a platform to communicate my passions, raise money for incredible causes, encourage young girls to take part and to also raise positive awareness for the city of Preston. I have already had the incredible opportunity of speaking to local high schools, inspiring the next generation to make a change. I really hope that this is something that I can continue to do.
Yesterday I was able to take part in Preston’s tradition dating back to 1835, “Egg Rolling” at Avenham Park with the beautiful Junior Miss.Preston 2015/16, Abbie Kerr. Two finalists from the Junior & Miss also joined us, it was so inspiring to see their continued efforts. The event was a fantastic opportunity to do our first unofficial appearance together and meet the Preston community. The day really has encouraged Abbie and I to work hard this year and to use our titles to the best of our ability, I could not ask for a more dedicated Junior and I am so proud of her achievements already.
To close my first ever blog post, I would like to congratulate each of the finalists for all of their hard work and thank them all for an unforgettable evening. I would also like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially my Mum who has always supported my dreams. I really hope that I can make you all proud.
Love and peace, Dominique – Miss.Preston 2015/16 xxx