Rebekah Shirley has been crowned the 2014 Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland winner at a glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.
The stunning 18-year-old student from Ballymoney impressed the panel of judges on the night with her beauty, charm and personality - giving her the winning edge over twenty-five other finalists, to acquire the coveted crown from previous titleholder Meagan Green.
The exclusive gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by UTV’s Marc Mallet and former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter, Joanne Salley.
Contest organiser Alison Clarke said: “We are thrilled that Rebekah has won the title. Although the standard of talent has been extremely high this year, Rebekah has really sparkled throughout the contest and she certainly wowed the judging panel on the night.”
Winner Rebekah said: “I am absolutely delighted to wear the Miss Northern Ireland crown and be given the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in this way! Taking part in the contest has been such an immense experience and I never thought I would come this far.
“I’ve always looked up to previous Miss Northern Ireland winners, so I hope to follow in their footsteps and become a positive role model for other local girls. Winning this title is undoubtedly life-changing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me!”