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Katie Donnelly Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018-2019


Katie Donnelly Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018/19, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine,

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Katie Donnelly Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018/19.

Full name: Katie Margaret Donnelly

Title/Year: Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018/19

Pageant System: United Kingdom Galaxy Pageants

Age: 17

Zodiac sign: Aries

Hobbies: Singing, Volunteering at my local radio station and raising money for charity.

Platform: At first I wasn't sure what I wanted my platform to be because there are so many things that I believe in and support, but I feel my platform is all about Equality and having self value.

Years competed: I've been competing nationally for almost 2 years now, but I've competed in local things since I was 14, so about 3 or 4 years now.

Countries visited: I took my first trip to Australia when I was 5 years old to see my family that live there and I'm going back there in February. I've also been to the USA, France and Germany.

Likes: I love to sing and obviously pageantry, but outside of all of that I like to read, I'm a big fan of Harry Potter and filmmaking.

Dislikes: I'm not a fan of coconut or beans.

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I'm 17 years old from a small town in Northamptonshire, England. I’m the second child of three, in between my 2 sisters. I go to Northampton College where I study Media Production in TV and Film and I hope to take that on to university in the near future. I am quite a confident person and love getting to know new people.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.

I don't really have a long pageant history, but I have been competing for a little while in different competitions. I originally started off in 2016 as a Corby Carnival Princess, which lead to me becoming Miss South Midlands in 2016, where I met Bethany Blissett, who was another pageant girl near my area. She was a Galaxy UK finalist and we got talking about it and when I went home that day I entered.

I was then accepted as a finalist and I competed in March 2018 in my very first national pageant. I loved it so much that I had to do it again and so I entered for the 2019 competition and was selected to represent my county in the 2019 finals, which will take place in March.

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

There were a lot of things that contributed to me entering, but I'd say my inspiration for entering the first time had to be my carnival Mum, Terri Meechan. She had helped me to build my confidence through my year as a Carnival Princess and without her support I wouldn't have even had the courage to enter in the first place.

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

At first I didn't even really know pageantry was a big thing in the UK and didn't know of many UK pageants, but as soon as I heard about Galaxy I knew it was the one for me. There were so many great reviews and I just wanted to see it for myself and they were right. Competing in Galaxy UK was the most amazing experience in my life so far and I honestly can't wait to do it again.

World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

Galaxy is all about being yourself and loving who you are and I think I've really learnt that. Even from just competing once it has had such an impact and it's such a beautiful message because a lot of girls just don't appreciate themselves enough and I think it's really important to.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?

In my category (Teen) we have 4 rounds that we're judged on; Interview, fashion wear, swimwear and evening wear. We're also judged on the charity work and appearances you've done in the lead up to the final, how photogenic you are and on the day of the finals the contestants vote for the girl to win the 'Miss Congeniality' award.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

I honestly couldn't have had a better time. I felt the most confident I had ever been and I knew straight away after coming off of the stage that I wanted to do it again. 

I met so many new friends and made memories that I will never forget, so to know that I'll be doing all again in the next few months gets me so excited because I honestly can't wait to get back on that stage.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and since having it removed, I have lived with a disability. My platform is all about being equal because my disability has meant that I’ve had to fight a lot to be where I am and sometimes people didn’t take me seriously. I don’t want people to have to go through that because my disability doesn’t define who I am and it shouldn’t for anyone else, not even just with disabilities, with anyone who doesn’t fit into the societies “norm”. It’s important that everyone feels like they belong because it can help a lot with how you feel about yourself and how much you value yourself. 

I think having self value is also really important because if you don’t feel good in yourself it can affect you a lot in life so that’s why it’s also a part of my platform. I struggled a lot with it when I was growing up and if I can make just one person change their views on themselves then I’ll feel like I’ve done a good job. 

World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?

I have done a lot of different appearances; I attended local events, helped other girls with their campaigns and set up my own event to raise money for charities. I love just getting out in the community and giving something back, it’s really rewarding.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?

I have 3 achievements I’m most proud of. I was told I’d never walk after my operation when I was younger, but I worked hard and I was walking by the age of 6, I did really well in my GCSE’s and just being chosen for the finals in a national pageant made me very proud. I also raised £800 for The Christie charity in February 2018 and that was also a great achievement for me.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

I don't really have a strategy as such because the only thing that's going to win it for you is being yourself. The judges don't want a fake version of you, they want to know who you are and what you stand for and if you pretend to be someone else you'll never get anywhere. I fully believe that the best person you can be is yourself and sometimes people can forget that.

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I’m definitely not your average beauty queen on paper. The first time I competed my friends were in complete shock because it didn’t seem like something I would want to do, but I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and it’s opened so many doors for me.

I wouldn’t say that I particularly have something that makes me stand out but I definitely think that the fact I’m not what everyone expects definitely gives me something different.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

For me, being a beauty queen is everything because I can show others that you don’t have to be perfect to be a queen. What is perfect anyway?

World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

Competing has definitely opened up so many more opportunities than I ever thought I’d have. If you’d have told me this time 2 years ago that I’d be where I am now I would have never believed it because I just never thought it would be an option for someone like me, but I could’t be more wrong.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?

I used to struggle a lot with accepting myself and feeling good in my own skin, but since doing pageants I feel so much better about myself and I couldn’t be more happy with who I am. 

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

It feels incredible, I’ve always wanted to help others and I feel like I’m in the perfect position to do that now. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world and I want to carry it on for as long as possible and maybe even take it further.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Not everyone can have a perfect walk, but the one thing I would say is own it! If you walk with confidence, even if it's not perfect if you're confident enough in your own walk I think you can do well. 

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

Trust your instincts and only ever get the dress when you get that feeling that it's the one. There's nothing worse than buying a dress and not being sure on it. I made that mistake in my first pageant and I think that it really showed on stage because I wasn't as confident wearing it.

This year I made sure I took the time in choosing it and honestly I love it and can't wait to wear it on stage and that's how you want to feel.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?

Again, I think you have to be confident, especially in the answers you give. You don’t want the judges thinking you’re not sure on what you’re saying. The other thing I would say is not to be modest, take pride in your achievements. 

When I got my feedback the judges had said that I was too modest and I knew exactly what they were talking about. It’s easy to say what you’ve done, but showing the pride you took in doing it makes it so much more rewarding and the judges will see it too.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I think the one thing I would change is how much I over thought the whole thing. I spent a lot of time worrying about a lot of things that I forgot to just let go and have fun.

World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

I think some girls try too hard. They think too much about the crown at the end instead of the experience and they lose track of what it’s really about. Although, luckily I haven’t met many girls like that.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I haven’t had any experience in modeling as I worried that I wouldn’t be good enough, but it’s something I’d definitely like to do in the future.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?

I’m quite a go with the flow type of person. I don’t believe in planning everything out, but I’m definitely going to take every opportunity possible and use my title as much and as best I can in the year. 

International Director: Maria Torres

National Director: Holly Pirrie

Your Local Director: N/A

Pageant website: www.galaxypageantuk.com

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Katie Donnelly Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018/19.

Katie Donnelly Miss Teen Northamptonshire Galaxy 2018/19, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine,

Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org

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