Miss Wales 2018, 21-year-old Bethany Harris from Newport, and the Miss Wales 2019 finalists supported the International Women’s Day campaign #balanceforbetter on Friday 8 March.

Backing the campaign message that a balanced world is a better world, Bethany and this year’s contestants are making the call for equality across the landscape of Wales and visited the city, coast and country to spread the message. Their photoshoot took them to Cardiff city centre, Caerphilly mountain and Southerndown beach in Bridgend.

Bethany was joined by finalists Gabriella Jukes and Alice Walters for the photoshoot across Wales.

Miss Wales is the Welsh entry to Miss World which involves around 130 countries of the globe. It’s online and broadcast platforms reach millions of people every year.

Miss Wales director, Paula Abbandonato, said:
“The Miss Wales competition is all about personal development of young women, contributing to good causes and having fun and making friends through the glamour of pageantry.”

“The women who take part are tasked with a number of challenges throughout their journey most notably raising money for the Miss World charity, Beauty With A Purpose, which helps disadvantaged children worldwide. Over and above that, the girls do various things which in recent years have included everything from taking classes in self-defense to marching to call for the end of violence against women.”

“International Women’s Day is another opportunity for them to reach out to young women and men in communities the length and breadth of Wales about the importance of gender equality.”

Miss Wales, Bethany Harris, will hand over the title of her successor next month. She said:
“It is our responsibility to continue the commentary about equality of the sexes and support female empowerment in Wales.”

All Images: Sanne Rietveld

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