Hello everyone, Chelsea here.
I am delighted to be working with LouthNow.ie to share with you all my love for fashion and beauty and my experiences when it comes to travel and lifestyle too. As this is my very first column, I’ve decided to focus on telling you all a little bit about myself and how I got to where I am today as Miss Ireland.
Prior to winning the Miss Ireland competition in September last year, I had begun my journey as a midwifery student in DKIT. I was quite content in college and looking forward to my first midwifery placement in November.
I had not given a moment’s thought to the idea that I would go on to compete in Miss Louth, let alone to win Miss Ireland. However, when I was approached and asked if I would consider running as Miss Louth it made me think more about the future and think about what kind of a career I truly wanted.
I decided to take the risk and just go for it. After all, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and as I had come runner up in Miss Louth 2017, I already had an insight into what this competition entails. I just decided to go for it, and, after winning Miss Louth in the summer of last year, I would go on to represent my county in the Miss Ireland final.
From that moment onwards, I proceeded to just enjoy the journey, take whatever came my way and I tried my best to do my county proud.
One of my most memorable and rewarding experiences as Miss Louth was, without question, when I hosted a charity event in the Pirates Den, Dundalk and raised €1,000 for Variety – Ireland’s Children’s Charity.
But, before I knew it the Miss Ireland final was closely approaching. Being honest, I didn’t think I stood a chance. There were 33 finalists so in my head I was simply just enjoying the experience. The event itself took place at The Helix in Dublin and I had never been part of anything like it before. It really was a spectacular show.
By the end of it, the 33 girls had been whittled down to just eight – and to my surprise, I was still there. The moment of the announcement is still, to this day, a blur to me.
They announced Miss Louth as Miss Ireland 2019 and to say I was shocked was an understatement. Anybody who has seen the images and videos from the night itself will understand.
All of that meant I went on to represent our country at Miss World which was held in London in December and honestly (and obviously too!) it stands out as my biggest achievement to date. From being a contestant in Miss Louth in July to London in December was a whirlwind.
So in brief, that is a quick recap of how I got to where I am today. Winning Miss Ireland launched me straight into the industry of fashion and beauty – a world I have a real passion for.
I am working with so many amazing brands including SoSu by Suzanne Jackson, Dripping Gold, Essence Ireland, SoAmazing Couture – just to name a few – and I love every minute of what I’m doing. I’m so grateful to be able to say that.
From attending events, to photoshoots and TV appearances, to the simple things like being a role model for girls and boys throughout Ireland, promoting my Beauty with a Purpose campaign throughout schools, and doing what I can to support charities who need that extra help, being Miss Ireland has allowed me to be able to do all these things – and hopefully much, much more.
It has kickstarted me into a career for life, and this is only the beginning of my journey.