Sunday saw the crowning of the new Miss Brighton 2016!
The beauty queen Megan O’Hara, aged 20, beat 18 contestants for the sought-after title in the Miss Great Britain regional heat. Held at the Jury’s Inn Brighton the glamorous event watched by over 250 audience members was one not to be missed! Keely Bitout, regional director and one of the organisers for the event, took to the stage as the lovely host and live music was provided by X Factor’s very own Brighton based Chloe Paige.
All of the ladies looked stunning in head to toe style and sophistication and each of them in abundance raised over £6,000 for Amanda’s Angels, in which the event’s main focus was for. Amanda’s Angels is a Brighton based charity which supports brain cancer research for Cancer Research UK, created by Amanda Woodhouse.
Brighton city previously held the status for being the biggest and most reputable pageant in the country and this year lived up to that with the event revealing a new lease of life. This year had a modern day twist with the focus being more on the ladies charity work and less on their looks which is exactly what we should be striving for in this day and age. A judging panel and a number of rounds, including that of a black dress and swimwear round, assessed each girl with the final evening-wear round and a personality interview concluding the event. At the end of the night, sashes were handed out to the girls including that of Miss Publicity, Miss Charity and finally, Miss Brighton.
We caught up with Megan after the event to ask her about her experience and winning the Miss Brighton title –
How does it feel to be crowned Miss Brighton 2016? Unbelievable, my family and I are still in shock. Initially I told myself if I didn’t win, everything I’d done in the process was just as rewarding but to have the title has been the icing on the cake. I have so many ideas and cannot wait to make Brighton proud, not only at the Miss Great Britain finals but also for the rest of the year.
Amanda’s Angels is such an amazing Charity, what was your involvement in fundraising for them? I’ve loved every second of my fundraising events for Amanda’s Angels! They spread from cake sales to fitness classes with Fitted Fitness, but my main event was a fundraising showcase I put on at Patcham Memorial Hall. I gathered a load of close friends who all brought a couple of pieces to perform and provided an afternoon of entertainment to the general public, all money made that day went towards Amanda’s Angels and I cannot thank the performers enough for their time and talent.
What advice would you give to ladies considering entering Miss Brighton 2017? Give it your all girls and be who you are! I’ve come away with such wonderful experiences that have grown me as a person. I’ve proven to myself that I am capable of anything I set my mind to, and that’s all I could wish for for a future contestant.
What can we expect next from you in your modelling career? I’ve dabbled a little in modelling mainly for my sister and advertising her hair salon, Stephanie Marie Bespoke Hair. I’m so excited to expand my horizons and try a variety of modelling which I am fortunate enough to of had opened up to me because of Miss Brighton. I intend to grasp every opportunity so watch this space!
Megan will represent the city in the Miss Great Britain finals to be held in Leicester in September, we wish her the best of luck and can’t wait to see how she gets on.
Images credited to Colette Langton Photography.
Written by Kerry McCauley