Pageant hope­ful Sa­man­tha is more than just a pretty face

Beauty queen has raised cash for chil­dren’s charity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Drum­sagard woman is set to go for glory this week­end in a beauty pageant – and help out a good cause, too.

Sa­man­tha McCrae will take part in the Miss Na­tional Trea­sure con­test at the GoGlas­gow ho­tel on Satur­day, June 25.

The con­test will raise funds for the Make- AWish foun­da­tion, which helps grant the wishes of des­per­ately ill chil­dren.

It is the fourth pageant that Sa­man­tha has com­peted in, and she is look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

She ex­plained: “It will be four rounds on stage, which is Scot­tish wear, fash­ion wear and evening wear, plus an in­terview round where the judges get to know your per­son­al­ity as well.

“I feel quite com­fort­able do­ing the one to one in­ter­views and talk­ing about my­self, so it’s more ner­vous when you’re up there on stage in front of peo­ple.”

The 25 year old works for Xe­cerise4Less in East Kil­bride, and orig­i­nally started tak­ing part in beauty con­tests as a way of help­ing her gain some con­fi­dence.

And she be­lieves the rep­u­ta­tion pageants get as be­ing all about show­ing off flesh and sashay­ing around in skimpy out­fits is wide of the mark.

Sa­man­tha added: “You don’t re­ally get an idea of what a pageant is like un­less you come along to one.

“It’s not about how good they look in a swim­suit any­more. It’s about the in­tel­li­gence be­hind them [the women and girls tak­ing part] and what they are do­ing in their com­mu­nity too. It’s nice to be part of it.

“I have learned a lot about my­self and about oth­ers by do­ing them.”

Sa­man­tha went on: “It does teach you a lot of life lessons be­ing in a pageant – you are around a lot of dif­fer­ent girls, and you are learn­ing to be more re­spect­ful and to help those who aren’t so con­fi­dent.”

Sa­man­tha be­lieves that her own con­fi­dence has been given a mas­sive boost from tak­ing part in events like the one Satur­day.

She is also pleased to be able to help out the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

Over the past few months Sa­man­tha has raised money for the charity by hold­ing events like a car boot sale, a spin- a- thon and a clothes sale.

She said: “Pretty much ev­ery week­end we’ve been fundrais­ing for Make A Wish, and it’s good to know that it’s all go­ing to­wards such a good cause.

“The con­test usu­ally raises over £4,000 for Make A Wish each year.

“When you’re signed up for this pageant you’re sent a DVD of what Make A Wish do, and it’s a mas­sive eye­opener.

“There was a clip on it of one wee five- yearold boy cry­ing at such a young age at what they had done, and that made an im­pact, just see­ing that clip.”

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