Pageant hopeful Samantha is more than just a pretty face
Beauty queen has raised cash for children’s charity
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.”