Why TV star Emma wants to conquer the Uni­verse

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­line.co.uk 07765 287910

LLANELLI’S Emma Jenk­ins is in the run­ning to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain at the Miss Uni­verse pageant.

Emma, aged 26, is a TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter and make-up artist, and will be one of 40 women tak­ing part in the 2019 Miss Uni­verse Great Bri­tain com­pe­ti­tion in south Wales in July.

Emma pre­vi­ously held the ti­tle of Miss Wales in 2015, and went on to com­pete at Miss World in China later that year.

Now, she has her sights set on a new crown.

In the run-up she will be tasked with a series of chal­lenges and fundrais­ing for A-Sis­ter­hood – an or­gan­i­sa­tion which sup­ports the ad­vance­ment of women world­wide.

This year, money from the fundrais­ing will be do­nated to Lla­mau, a home­less char­ity in Wales which runs spe­cial projects to help home­less women; the Na­tional Cen­tre for Fe­male Gen­i­tal Mu­ti­la­tion which aims to put an end to the prac­tice by 2030; Stop Acid At­tacks in In­dia which helps sur­vivors of acid vi­o­lence; and The Black Mam­bas which is South Africa’s first all-fe­male an­tipoach­ing unit pro­tect­ing the rhino.

A do­na­tion will also be made by A-Sis­ter­hood to a fe­male cause cho­sen and sup­ported by the 2019 ti­tle­holder.

The fi­nal (from July 11 to 13) will in­clude a Bring A Bra Ball or­gan­ised for A-Sis­ter­hood with fi­nal­ists and their guests do­nat­ing bras which will be sent to women in Africa in as­so­ci­a­tion with Smalls for All; an em­pow­er­ment day lead by one of the UK’s fore­most lead­er­ship coaches; and a cat­walk show be­fore a panel of judges from the beauty and fash­ion in­dus­try.

Emma, who is a fa­mil­iar face to S4C view­ers, said: “I am re­ally ex­cited to have been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist for Miss Uni­verse Great Bri­tain this year and will be do­ing all that I can in the next few months to pre­pare.

“Miss Uni­verse is one of the big­gest pageants in the world, it’s go­ing to be an ad­ven­ture!

“When I was crowned Miss Wales back in 2015, I re­ally didn’t think it could get any bet­ter. The sup­port the en­tire coun­try showed me when I went on to com­pete at Miss World was so over­whelm­ing, so I’m hop­ing they’ll get be­hind me once again for this new chal­lenge!

“For the last four years I have been in­volved with Llanelli Women’s Aid, and I plan to con­tinue work­ing with them as a fi­nal­ist. It means so much to be able to be part of the team, the work they do is so im­por­tant.”

The Miss Uni­verse Great Bri­tain op­er­ates a NOT IN VAIN cam­paign as part of the com­pe­ti­tion which ac­knowl­edges the ef­forts and cal­i­bre of fi­nal­ists.

The cur­rent Miss Uni­verse Great Bri­tain is 25-year-old Dee-Ann Ken­tish Rogers, a bar­ris­ter and for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games ath­lete from Birm­ing­ham.

The cur­rent Miss Uni­verse is Ca­tri­ona Gray from The Philip­pines.

Emma Jenk­ins look­ing to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in the Miss Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion.

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