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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.

08-08-2015 QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Races Pic:Andy Barr www.andybarr.com Copyright Andrew Barr Photography. No reuse without permission. andybarr@mac.com +44 7974923919

QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Races
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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!


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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.

Eric N Smith with Miss Scotland contestantspics of behind the scenes during filming of the girls and jewelleryPhotographed by Alan Peebles

Eric N Smith with Miss Scotland contestants pics of behind the scenes during filming of the girls and jewellery Photographed by Alan Peebles

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.”

Eric N Smith with Miss Scotland contestants pics of behind the scenes during filming of the girls and jewellery Photographed by Alan Peebles

Eric N Smith with Miss Scotland contestants
pics of behind the scenes during filming of the girls and jewellery
Photographed by Alan Peebles

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

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Meet the girls: Find us and follow us – find the Miss Scotland finalists on social media

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

StephanieToday, thanks largely to social media, the reach of our finalists is far greater and more immediate than it has been historically.

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.

InstaThis 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:

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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.consult

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!

Amye Dolby

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.

29 Nuskin 2 productsThe 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.

A big thank you to everyone involved for your support, especially the mums. It was great to have a moment’s relaxation together before the excitement of the final!polaroid 2

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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!

Amye Mhairi Rosie

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.

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