Miss Scot­land fi­nal­ist cham­pi­ons men­tal health is­sues

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A young woman from Cam­bus­lang will this week com­pete for the Miss Scot­land crown as she proves she has both beauty and com­pas­sion.

Chiara Dal­sasso, 24, is one of 13 fi­nal­ists that will take to the stage to com­pete for the ti­tle which com­bines beauty and char­i­ta­ble work on Fri­day evening.

Chiara, a film and TV pro­duc­tion grad­u­ate, will com­plete two dance rou­tines with the other fi­nal­ists be­fore glid­ing down the cat­walk in a ball gown and do­ing an in­ter­view with the hosts.

“I have never done any­thing like this be­fore,” Chiara said as she ex­plained Miss Scot­land was not like many tra­di­tional beauty pageants.

“The owner of Miss Scot­land says they are look­ing for an am­bas­sador for Scot­land, it’s dif­fer­ent.

“At Miss World, it’s beauty with a pur­pose and you raise money for dif­fer­ent char­i­ties through­out the year. It’s not about the event on the night, they want you to do char­i­ta­ble work there­after.”

Chiara has al­ready made sig­nif­i­cant strides in rais­ing aware­ness of and money for the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Men­tal Health (SAMH).

The for­mer Holy­rood Sec­ondary pupil has raised £ 600 for the as­so­ci­a­tion through a char­ity night at her fam­ily home on East Kil­bride Road and has signed up for a fundrais­ing Sky­dive next month.

“I chose SAMH be­cause there are peo­ple close to me who have suf­fered and men­tal health char­i­ties are not usu­ally talked about as much as other char­i­ties,” Chiara said.

“I wanted to show friends and fam­ily that they are thought of and cared about.”

Asked what would be the best thing about be­ing Miss Scot­land, Chiara said: “Get­ting to in­spire young girls.

“I wasn’t very con­fi­dent but this has boosted my con­fi­dence in a way I didn’t think it could. Nowa­days young girls look up to un­re­al­is­tic role mod­els. I think I would make a good role model.

“I would also use it to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues and how women are por­trayed in the me­dia and I would like to change that as Miss Scot­land.”

Chiara will be sup­ported by her friends and fam­ily at the event in­clud­ing mum, dad, brother and boyfriend Kenny, who she met while study­ing for her de­gree in Amer­ica.

Miss Scot­land aims to find an in­tel­li­gent, at­trac­tive young woman with the char­ac­ter and com­po­sure re­quired to rep­re­sent her coun­try at home and abroad.

The win­ner will be an­nounced at a glit­ter­ing event at the Radis­son Ho­tel in Glas­gow on Au­gust 27.

The newly crowned Miss Scot­land will then have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the na­tion at the 65th Miss World com­pe­ti­tion in Sanya, China, in De­cem­ber this year.

Beauty Chiara and with boyfriend Kenny Pratt

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