NEXT month a Strabane beauty will be competing for the Miss Teen Galaxy Ireland title after becoming Co Tyrone’s representative for the pageant.
Eighteen-year-old Courtney Patton, a forensic science student, model and former Miss Northern Ireland contestant says this contest is different from the rest.
“I heard about Miss Teen Galaxy through a contestant that had been in Miss NI contest with me,” she explained.
“Knowing that the final was held in October, I kept an eye out for entry details and decided I would put myself forward.
“I am so excited about the final and taking part in this pageant. I never thought I would get through especially representing my county which is something I’m really proud off.
“Miss Galaxy is different from other beauty pageants because it is open to young girls and women from the ages of 15 to 30-plus. There are four different divisions within the competition; Miss Teen Galaxy, Miss Galaxy, Ms Galaxy and Mrs Galaxy.
“It is the only pageant in Ireland to have a Mrs section, which means it allows married women to enter, which is fantastic.”
Taking place in Dublin on October 14 and 15 there are also huge cash prizes on offer.
“The four division winners will win prizes worth over €5,000 which also includes entry to Miss Galaxy international which is held in Orlando Florida, as well as many other prizes.
“With the final less than a month away, it’s getting difficult to be able to contain my excitement,” gushed Courtney.
Courtney will compete against 15 other contestants for the Miss Teen Galaxy Ireland crown and although she is currently focusing on preparing for the competition the local teenager says she will continue to do charity/voluntary work and still plans on continuing her studies next year in Liverpool.