Aug 14 2011
GIRLS from Wales can now claim to be the most beautiful around after conquering England, Britain, the Universe and now... the Galaxy.
Blonde beauty Jamie-Lee Williams, 25, from Llanymynech, near Welshpool, is the newly-crowned Miss Galaxy International 2012 – becoming Wales’ third reigning beauty queen.
Jamie-Lee’s success in Chicago comes after 22-year-old Alize Mounter, originally from Beddau, Pontypridd, became Miss England in July and Torfaen’s Chloe-Beth Morgan won Miss Universe UK back in May.
It means Wales is now unrivalled in the beauty stakes by any country in the UK – and possibly the known universe!
Jamie-Lee was handed the Miss Galaxy title at a glitzy stateside bash after beating a bevy of beauties from across the globe with her eye-popping looks and brains.
And the blue-eyed, 32D knockout – who is qualified in psychology and autistic teaching – said 2011 was the year of Welsh beauty.
She said: “The Welshies have just got it going on.
“I was competing against girls from America, Australia and the Bahamas and there was little old me from Wales.
“I didn’t expect to win but I just tried my best.
“I was just really shocked.”
Jamie-Lee impressed judges so much she scooped a host of individual gongs including Best Swimwear, Best Evening Gown, Most Photogenic and Best Interview.
But despite her jaw-dropping looks, she says it was her brainy answers to the judges’ questions which swung things in her favour.
“The interview is the main thing,” she said.
“Everyone thinks it is about going on stage in outfits and looking attractive but you have to come across well in interview and come across as intelligent.
“You are representing them for a year so they don’t want someone who can’t talk to people.
“It is how you walk on stage, your confidence and personality.”
Jamie Lee – who has previously competed in Miss Wales, Miss Earth Wales, Miss British International and Miss British Isles – says at 25 she is now a veteran.
But she plans to go on until she is 29 and has a world of opportunity at her feet as a Miss Galaxy winner, with trips to America and a possible appearance on a chat show lined up.
“I’m not new to it, but it has taken a long time to get to this stage and to the international stage,” Jamie-Lee said,
“I have just been so tired so I haven’t seen anyone but on Facebook it is crazy.
“I’m glad I have got that because this isn’t going to last forever. But I might as well while I’m still young.
“Now I have become more well-known I have had a lot of good feedback. It has got more of a fanbase now.”
Clare Birt, of the Miss Wales competition, said since the first Miss Wales in 2006 the numbers of girls putting themselves forward had risen from 11 to nearly 2,000 this year.
She said: “From start to finish the experience builds confidence and empowers them – the traditional thought is it does the exact the opposite.
“More people want to take part and more the more people that take part, the stronger the competition is.
“And the girls who win are successful, confident, and inspiring young ladies who will be ambassadors for the country.
“Welsh girls have done well and obviously in Wales we will say Welsh girls are beautiful but of course it is a generalisation.”