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!
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
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.