05 novembro 2009

Glasgow beauty Sarah Finlay embarks on global green queen dream

Nov 5 2009 Peter Carroll
Sarah Finlay

STUDENT Sarah Finlay looks terrific in tartan as she prepares to represent Scotland in Miss Earth 2009.

The 23-year-old former Glasgow University student showed off the national costume she will wear in the contest in the Philippines this month.

Sarah, who worked part-time at The Glaswegian's sister paper the Sunday Mail, was crowned Miss Earth Scotland in August.

The keen artist and equestrian flew from Glasgow to Manila on Saturday.

Along with the contestants - dubbed "beauties with a cause" - Sarah will help clean beaches and plant trees during the competition.

She said: "I'm ecstatic at being in the finals. That alone is a real honour.

"It's great to be involved in one of the world's largest beauty pageants and at the same time to help improve the world environment."

Sarah was also a finalist in the Miss Universe GB pageant this year.

More than 750 million viewers across the globe will tune into the Miss Earth final in the Philippines on Sunday, November 22.

Jim Ramsay, regional organiser for Miss Earth Scotland, said: "The competition is about finding beauty queens with a cause.

"Those going to the finals are not only lovely but are also of the highest calibre. Sarah, like all the finalists, will get her hands dirty during three weeks working on environmental projects in the Philippines."

Sarah hopes her designer tartan ballgown will impress the judges. She plans to wear a piper's feathered bonnet to complete the look.

The girl who wins Miss Earth the contest will become an ambassador to environmental campaigns all over the world.

Sarah certainly loves nature.

Two years ago, she was a volunteer at a safari park in South Africa - where she bumped into film star Ewan McGregor, above.

Find out how Sarah does in Miss Earth at www.missearth.info


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