Lucy Kerr Miss Scotland Trip to New York
Monday, February 13th, 2017
With an early 5am start at the airport, myself and former Miss Scotland and STV presenter Jennifer Reoch couldn’t control our excitement as we jetted off to New York.
We were heading over stateside for the most fabulous event of the year, celebrating Scottish designers in America appearing in the fashion show called Dressed to Kilt. With many A-listers who have walked the catwalk before us we had to make sure we matched up to their star qualities. Finally, after what felt like hours in the air Jennifer and I arrived at JFK and were taken to The High Line Hotel.
Walking the streets of NYC for the first time was so surreal, I loved every minute. Once we had unpacked and hung up our glitzy dresses I couldn’t wait to start exploring the city. Taking an endless number of selfies and enjoying the incredible views I had a great first night.
The next morning, we headed up to the meeting room to meet the designers and get fitted for the fashion show. I was in awe seeing all of the designs and couldn’t wait to try them on. Designers and models were milling around with the whole operation being expertly guided by the top stylist Janis-Sue Smith. I was given the most incredible Siobhan Mackenzie dress to wear alongside a quirky design by Jeffrey Gardner which was corpse bride inspired.
Once the fitting was finished Jennifer and I headed out to hit the best shops and sights the city had to offer. I had the most amazing day, New York is so magical. My favourite part had to be walking through times square and Broadway at night seeing the city lit up. Everything in New York was just exactly as I imagined from the movies with yellow cabs everywhere, flashing lights and the most incredible skyscrapers. After a long day, we needed to make sure we got a good sleep before the exciting night we had the following day.
This was my first time on a New York catwalk and I couldn’t wait for the extravaganza to begin. As we arrived there was a bagpiper to greet all guests as this was a celebration of all things Scottish and we headed straight to the red carpet for a few snaps. Surrounded by kilts, there was hundreds of people arriving in the grand hall at the High Line Hotel excited to watch the show. Backstage was crazy with models, hairspray and make up everywhere there was even filming for the real housewives of New York.
In my favourite Siobhan Mackenzie tartan gown, I felt so elegant. Walking in Dressed to Kilt as Miss Scotland was the most incredible feeling in the world and knowing that I was representing my country at such a prestigious event will stay with my forever. With my adrenaline pumping and being surrounded by photographers on the catwalk I was having the time of my life. The madness and excitement of the main event was over however the after party was just starting. I spoke to some very inspirational designers and was blessed with meeting some great people throughout my trip to New York. Unfortunately, as the night came to an end it was time to fly home the following day. I truly had the most amazing time in New York and I can’t wait to return to the big apple. NYC exceeded all of my expectations and walking in Dressed to Kilt was an experience of a lifetime.
THE CATWALK ACADEMY’S MISS SCOTLAND 2016 CROWNED AT GLITTERING GALA IN GLASGOW.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
STUNNING Lucy Kerr was crowned the new Miss Scotland 2016 at tonight’s spectacular final in Glasgow.
The nation’s new sweetheart student Lucy, 19, from Bearsden, Glasgow will now travel to Miss World to represent Scotland in Washington DC later this year.
The beautiful redhead said: “I am so happy. It’s been such an amazing experience. All the girls were wonderful. I am so excited to represent Scotland at Miss World.”
The beauty beat 12 other contestants to the Miss Scotland crown at the glittering VIP event in Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.
Runner up was student Katy MacGlinchey, 23, from Cumbernauld and second runner up was 21-year-old student Keryn Matthew, from Edinburgh.
Miss Scotland 2015 Mhairi Fergusson, 23, was joined on the judging panel by headline sponsor QTS boss Alan McLeish, Fake Bake tanning queen Sandra McClumpha, Scottish Sun Editor Alan Muir and reigning Mr Scotland Tristan Cameron Harper.
Janis Sue Smith, managing director of Miss Scotland organisers The Catwalk Academy, said: “I’m delighted for Lucy. Our first red headed Miss Scotland in 18 years. She will be an amazing ambassador for the country and a fantastic Miss Scotland.”
The Catwalk Academy would like to thank this year’s Miss Scotland sponsors, contractors QTS, Fake Bake, Adidas by Greaves, Taylor Ferguson, Ayr Racecourse, The Scottish Sun, Glenisla Kilts Ltd and The Berkeley Clinic.
Five Places I Have Visited in My Year as Miss Scotland…
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
The final is approaching for our beautiful 13 finalists for Miss Scotland 2016. As the competition and each contestant’s journey to the final begins, we caught up with current Miss Scotland Mhairi Fergusson, who told us a bit what she has been up to since winning the competition last year.
Since winning Miss Scotland 2015, I have had an amazing year, travelling all around the world to some incredible locations and meeting amazing people!
First and foremost, Edinburgh is a city, which will forever hold a place in my heart, as although I already spent a lot of time there, this is where my official Miss Scotland ball was held. Hosting this event in the country’s capital, I succeeded in raising a large amount of money (£185,000), for my chosen charity, The Muir Maxwell Trust, which was my main focus throughout the year.
Apart from my home country, there are a few other places I have visited that have made this year extremely special. One of these locations is of course China, which is where Miss World was held. I spent a month there with 114 other girls from all over the world. We travelled within China and got the opportunity to see some amazing places! In particular I enjoyed watching the sunrise 400m above Sanya at Phoenix Hill Park. It was an amazing moment where the contenders and I got to reflect on the competition so far and have a moment of realisation of just how amazing the competition is – it really was a once in a lifetime experience!
This year, I also travelled to Cyprus, with Janis Sue Smith, Miss Scotland License Holder, Fashion Editor and Stylist for the Scottish Sun, and Photographer Andy Barr, who is also the official photographer for Miss Scotland, alongside another model. A week away doing bikini shoots was incredible fun, and I particularly enjoyed the sunrise and sunset shoots.
Other shoot locations include France, where I had a brilliant time, on a fashion shoot, despite freezing cold temperatures! I like to think of myself as adventurous so I had a blast ending the day by skiing down the mountain in a bikini!
Another incredible experience was in Jersey, where I was invited to attend the International Variety Awards, as a guest of the Miss World Organisation. Mrs Julia Morley received the humanitarian award and I was also involved in the event, speaking of my charity work throughout the year. It was a really magnificent event, where I got the opportunity to catch up with some of the Miss World 2015 contestants, the Miss World organization team and of course, Miss World, Mireia Lalaguna, who I became friendly with in China. I also met previous Miss Worlds, which was truly inspiring.
These are just a few of the amazing places and events I have been to in my year as Miss Scotland and really shows just how fantastic the opportunities are and how incredible the experience is! I’m wishing all the beautiful girls the best of luck as they begin their journey in the competition and I’m sure the next Miss Scotland will have a year just as incredible as mine!
Hot to trot in the finest kilt
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
It’s important that our finalists are kitted – or should we say ‘kilted’ out – this is where Glenisla Kilts comes in!
Glenisla Kilts owner, John, has been making clothes since he was 13 (a few years back) and he established the company over 30 years ago.
The business provides kilts for the wonderful Dressed To Kilt fashion show at New York’s Tartan Week. Here he met Janis-Sue Smith who was styling models and a great collaboration began.
Every year since he’s enjoyed working with Janis-Sue to kit out the Miss Scotland finalists, and to help dress the winner for Miss World too! For our Grand Finale Glenisla Kilts have designed a fittingly glam kilt for our girls to wear, as well as a day to day kilt for wear during the contest.
Inspiration for the day to day kilt was the bold orange of the main sponsors – QTS. The resulting kilts looked just the ticket at Ayr Race Ladies Night where our finalists presented the winner of the QTS sponsored race with their medal. The kilts for this year’s final are very glam – but you’ll have to wait for the big night to see them.
Once Miss Scotland 2015 is crowned she, like the winners before her, will visit the Glenisla factory in Lanark, meet the fifty girls employed there and get her kilts for Miss World. John, who’ll collaborate with Janis-Sue, will then make 6-10 designs just for her. There will be different styles, sexy, classy, day kilts and more glam ones too. The final pieces won’t necessarily be tartan, Glenisla work with everything from Harris Tweed to leather and once made matching pink chiffon kilts for two grooms civil ceremony!
Before the relationship with Glenisla began Miss Scotland’s didn’t always have a kilt – a missed opportunity! The girls always love how easily their kilts can be styled. One of Glenisla’s kilts, a top and a pair of shoes and they are good to go. John and his wife have adopted every one of the girls that they’ve worked with.
As with the Miss Scotland kilts, the kilts on the catwalk at Dressed To Kilt, which has been sadly missed in recent years, are new and innovative. These styles help to show what Scotland, and the kilt have to offer in today’s world. Glenisla help to mentor young designers and produce kilts for Le Kilt, Samantha McCoach – hot, up and coming kilt designer.
Miss Scotland is in very good company too. For Jonathon Anderson’s first shows Glenisla were behind the scenes making kilts, they also produced half a dozen for a show put on with British menswear great Sir Paul Smith. They’ve made kilts for Margaret Howel, Prada, Vivenne Westwood and Burberry – it’s an illustrious list!
Over the years Glenisla have dressed so many huge names, it’s not every Scottish kiltmaker who can say that Justin of Colin and Justin stole his old, black jacket to wear on the catwalk!
Diamonds are a girls best friend & Eric N Smith’s the man to make them
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Sunday, 16th August was a bright and sunny Scottish day with the best kind of light to catch the sparkle of Eric N Smith’s diamonds.
We teamed up with iconic Glasgow Southside jewellers, Eric N Smith, and all ten of our finalists made the trip to the bespoke jewellers for a stunning photoshoot. While they were there they got to learn more about the precious stones.
As well as getting to try on some beautiful pieces in front of photographer Alan Peebles’ lens (more of which at the final) the girls were able to pick Eric’s jewellers brain. Our young ladies walked away much more clued up on diamond clarity, cuts and settings!
Eric enjoyed sharing his knowledge and said, “It’s enjoyable to promote these things and help the Janis-Sue and the girls along the way in this exciting competition.”
Unsurprisingly the girls fell in love with some of the pieces – and were able to understand just how valuable the pieces were. Julie Govan was particularly stunned saying “I’m wearing a house on my finger.”
They were delighted to admire the beautiful, bespoke designs which perfectly personify Eric’s 30 years of experience in diamonds and design. He added it’s a shame that only one will win.
Exactly what the girls got up to you will be revealed at our Grand Finale – we’ll see you there!
Image copyright Alan Peebles, copyright Alan Peebles media. Used with thanks
Meet the girls: Find us and follow us – find the Miss Scotland finalists on social media
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are great ways for our finalists to reach out to their community and for their supporters to get to know the girls.
Last week Stephanie Dunn shared her charity story from her local newspaper, Hamilton Advertiser, through her Facebook and Twitter pages. It was retweeted and shared and gave a local news story far greater reach than it would have ten years ago.
This morning on Twitter the results of another finalists charity event could be seen – Romy McCahill movie night raised £1500 for Alzheimer Scotland @alzscot. It’s wonderful that she was able to share the total amount with everyone who supported the evening – and immediately let the charity know what she had been up to.
Social media breaks down so many traditional barriers and it’s a fantastic way for the girls in our final ten to share their message with a bigger community, and to inspire the next generation of Scottish girls.
If you’re not already connected here is where to see what our girls share on social media:
Mums & finalists pampering night with NuSkin
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
In the run up to our final, and following a very busy weekend, our hardworking finalists were in need of a little bit of down time. What better way to unwind than a pampering evening with the girls? Last Wednesday we did just that and, in true Miss Scotland style, we let the pros take over.
In the tranquil setting of a private room at 29 Glasgow, a team from our skincare sponsors NuSkin set up for a evening of pampering. They were joined by our ten finalists and their mums, as well as Nicola Minnagh, Janis Sue Smith, the occasional mum substitute and photographer Gemma Reynold who was there capturing the evening!
The ladies were all given face masks and the chance to unwind and enjoy a glass of wine and a good chat. They were pampered with new products and left with a very generous goodie bag full or products to use at home too. It was a great opportunity for everyone to talk to Angela Durrant and her team and get individual advice too.
The girls are lucky to sponsored by skincare specialists NuSkin and their products have been happily added to each contestant’s daily routine.
The Pure Cleansing Gel and Exfoliant Scrub has proven particularly popular with our finalists, looking to refresh their skin before important events and photo shoots. We know that the Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste AP24 has been well used too. Follow the girls on social media to find out what’s popular with each one.
DMC FitnessDMC Fitness host Fitness Challenge for Miss Scotland 2015 finalists
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
August is a big month for the ten Miss Scotland finalists as they take on a series of challenges in the run up to the final on August 27th. Each challenge is designed to test the girls – and help us find the one who will represent Scotland at home, and abroad, for the next year.
Recently the girls faced their fitness challenge at Glasgow’s DMC Fitness – an elite private health and fitness personal training outfit where they were definitely put through their paces!
This challenge has been a focus since the announcement of our finalists in June but our girls are no strangers to keeping fit. Christina Chalk and Julie Govan are both dance fanatics, Tessa Forbes and Stephanie Dunn both run to raise money for cancer charities in June and Romy McCahill has a black belt in karate too!
In the run up to the challenge itself the girls were supported by the team at DMC Fitness. They offer training on a 1-2-1 basis and prior to the challenge each young lady had a private session with Davie McConnachie, Head Coach.
During this session Davie assessed the girls mobility and posture and took them through each exercise that would be used in the challenge. Each girl was then given a program to follow to prepare them for the challenge ahead – and sent home with their program in video format to help them with their own personal practise.
On the day our finalists were time tested on squats, push ups, burpees and a plank – no mean feat! Keeping them motivated throughout were the hardworking DMC team who gave support and encouragement.They also introduced a bit of fun – Owner and Head Coach Davie McConnachie set the finalists a tug of war challenge. It was great and as Davie commented “showed the girls grit, determination and competitive sides.”
Overall Davie was impressed by their performance. “We are very proud of the girls each one really gave it their all.”
We will be announcing the results at our final on August, 27th.
Photo Credits to Mhairi Ferguson, Amye Dolby and Alexandra Rosie Lamont.