28-year-old stunner, Emma Franklin was declared as the winner of Miss European 2015 contest. She represented Wales in the said contest. Emma Franklin battled out 99 other stunning women to claim the title of Miss European 2015. The pageant focuses on women aged from 16 to 28 hailing from the countries like England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Malta, France, Portugal, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
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Emma Franklin is a lecturer at Beechwood College in Sully , Vale of Glamorgan. She started competing in beauty pageants at the age of 18 when her mother saw an advert for Miss Wales in the South Wales Echo. When she realised that she was declared as the winner of the contest, she was extremely surprised. She was one of the 10 women who got shortlisted to represent Wales to Miss European 2015 contest in Folkestone, Kent. The contest lasted for a week which saw various rounds of competitions like fashion-wear, swimwear round, and an evening wear round. The assessment for deciding the winner was not solely based on beauty, but als on to the factors like “articulation”, “deportment”, “charm”, “personality”, and charity work. Emma has competed in many pageants over the years and has formerly won Miss Earth Wales in 2011. Emma also appeared at the Miss University Great Britain pageant in 2010 aside from finishing third at the World Supermodel pageant in Fiji.
On being asked about her take on beauty pageants, Emma quoted: “People have misconceptions that pageants are just about how you look on stage but much more goes on behind the scenes. I’ve done a large amount of charity work. I have volunteered to work on schemes that help homeless people and I have done voluntary work with food banks. On of my biggest passions is raising money for Cancer Research after losing my grandmother.” When she was asked about her journey throughout the contest, she replied, “To be perfectly honest I didn’t think I was going to win. Some of the girls who were there I thought they had it in the bag but you have to remain positive through the competition. I had such a fantastic week meeting those girls from across Europe and I have stayed good friends with some of them. I thought ‘If I win – fantastic’ but if I didn’t it was still one of the best weeks of my life. It felt incredible to win. It was a mixture, I was completely shocked and the thing that made me most proud was winning it for Wales so that definitely brought a few tears to my eyes.”
As the reigning Miss European, Emma Franklin will now visit each of the countries which took part in the competition and will be attending civic and business functions as well as carrying on with her charity work.
Credits: Wales Online