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Miss Lisburn and Miss Wallace paint the town red on their way to Miss NI finals

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Miss Lisburn Johanna Doherty (l) and Miss Wallace Sophie McCormick (r) with current Miss NI Rebekah Shirley
Miss Lisburn Johanna Doherty (l) and Miss Wallace Sophie McCormick (r) with current Miss NI Rebekah Shirley

Sophie McCormick has little to fear when she goes through to the Miss Northern Ireland finals.

For the 18-year-old new Miss Wallace from Belfast is well used to being in front of the camera.

And she did it in style at The Wallace in Lisburn last weekend, breezing through the heat alongside Johanna McCormick.

Sophie got the idea to enter the Miss Ni competition while posing for photos for one of her dad’s colleagues.

 The student and part-time clothes shop worker explained how  helping out at her father’s photography company gave her a head start.

“This is the first time I’ve ever entered a modelling competition, so I was a bit nervous at the start, but by the time I got past the first round, I started to feel a lot more relaxed.

“My dad has a photography company, and I was doing a wee test shoot for one of his photographers. Afterwards he asked me if I’d ever considered doing anything like this.

“I thought: ‘Why not?’ If anything comes of it, it would be a good opportunity.”

Sophie is enjoying her time in modelling, but also plans to forge a career for herself in the cut-throat world of consumer economics.

“I’m studying for a degree in science and marketing, and I’m hoping to go into a career in consumer behaviour,” she said.

“But I got quite a bug for modelling last Saturday night. I enjoyed it a lot – so who knows?”

ike Sophie, Johanna Doherty, 21, enjoyed the competition at the The Wallace in Lisburn on Saturday night.

“The other week, when I was coming out of work, the current Miss Northern Ireland, Rebekah Shirley, came up to me and asked me if I’d be interested in taking part in Miss NI,” said Johanna, who studies pharmacy at Queen’s University,

“I had already thought about doing it, so I just thought I’d give it a go and see what happens!

“Me and Sophie were up first, and we came first and second, so we were together throughout the whole thing and we got on really well.

“I was very nervous at the time, but everybody else was as well, and all the girls were really nice.”

It was also Johanna’s first time entering  but she said that her family and friends were right behind her to cheer her on.

“I was just happy to have made it through to the last eight, never mind qualifying for the finals.

“I really didn’t expect to win anything given that all the other spoke so well.

“My mum, Jane, has already picked out the dress she’s going to wear! I’m just really looking forward to the final now.”

The winner of the title will get the chance to take part in Miss World, as well as launching a modelling career with ACA.

The prize package includes a Therapie Ultimate VIP package worth over £5,000, a wardrobe of designer dresses from Belfast’s Blush Boutique and a £500 make up hamper and lesson from Paddy McGurgan’s Make Up Pro Store.

For rules and details of how to enter go to or call 028 90809809.