Derry girl Ciara Walker was named Miss Earth Northern Ireland at the Seagoe Hotel Portadown on Friday evening.
The 21 year-old will now represent Northern Ireland at the international Miss Earth competition later in the year.
Ciara’s older sister Gemma also held the title of Miss Earth NI in 2008 and represented NI at the world finals then.
Though details of the 2012 finals have yet to be announced, Ciara will now make personal appearances to promote environmental awareness for a clean and healthy environment, promote the ‘three Rs’ and work with environmental campaigns throughout her reign.
Ciara Walker told the ‘Journal: “I am really looking forward to promoting and working with companies who share the same aims as Miss Earth.”
Ciara was sponsored by Derry’s RoCo Natural Hair and Beauty and Natural Touch Spa.
Looking forward to the challenges in trying to win the Miss Earth 2012 competition, she said: “In Derry in the past few years there has been some awareness raised on the importance of protecting the environment.
“I want to add to this. Given that my city has been awarded the first ‘City of Culture’ for 2013, it is imperitive that the beauty of its natural resources and history are preserved. As a young girl living in this city I feel it is up to us to educate the rest of the nation and the world of this beautiful place, not just Derry as a city but the Emerald Isle.”
The international televised Miss Earth, which is one of the biggest and most prestigio us beauty events in the world will have contestants from over 100 countries participating in December and will concludes with Miss Earth 2012 being crowned in a live televised coronation with the winner becoming an Ambassador to environmental programmes worldwide.
In being named Miss Earth NI Ciara won an impressive package of prizes including a once in a lifetime trip to the world finals, organic jeans from Monkey Genes, a wardrobe of glamourous evening gowns for the world finals from PromGirl.net, Eco swim beachwear and a goody bag of organic Vita Liberata self tan products.