AN A-LEVEL student who dreamt of being a Vale and Wales ambassador was in Europe when she discovered her wish could come true.

Darcey Corria holidaying in Portugal, when she read an email informing her that she was one of 40, out of around 1000 applicants, selected to compete for the Miss Wales title.

The 17-year-old, of Rhodfa'r Gwagenni, Barry Waterfront, will represent the Vale Of Glamorgan in the contest this April.

Miss Corria said: “My mother encouraged me to enter Miss Wales.

“I didn’t have a lot of knowledge on pageants and I was intrigued to know more.

“I did my own research and I soon came to realise that Miss Wales is about so much more than beauty; it’s about empowering young women, building their self-esteem and helping them find their confidence.

“Miss Wales is a chance for women to grow in self-belief and take part in charitable events within their local communities.

“Being an ambassador for the Vale of Glamorgan and Wales was definitely a dream of mine.

“I was actually on holiday in Portugal when I received an email of congratulations explaining that I had been successful in my interview and would be representing the Vale of Glamorgan at Miss Wales. I think it’s safe to say that the whole of old town Albufeira could hear my scream! I called everyone, my mum, stepdad, brother, grandad, everyone that had been waiting in anticipation.

“I felt extremely proud and overwhelmed with excitement as I read through the lengthy email.

The former Barry Island Primary, St Richard Gwyn High School pupil and Bishop of Llandaff sixth former is sponsored by Polished NailBar, owned by Helen Leech, and #theglovesareon campaign, started by Soraya Kelly.

She is organising a charity event as part of her Fab Feb Fundraiser and is looking for a venue within Barry.

She hopes to have a buffet, raffle, auction and performances from any local artists if anyone would like to get involved.

She is hoping local business will be able to make raffle and auction donations.

Miss Corria is also running the Cardiff Winter Warmer 5K Run with some of her fellow finalists, raising money in aid of disadvantaged children worldwide, on February 3.

She added: “I hope to inspire other young women in Barry and the Vale that any dream is possible, as long as that dream is accompanied by hard work, dedication and passion.

“Helping and supporting those in need within the community is also something I hope to achieve, along with raising money for Beauty with a Purpose.

“Winning Miss Wales and becoming an ambassador for Wales would simply be the cherry on top of the cake.”

To vote for Darcey you can text ‘Welsh Darcey’ to 64343 costing £1 per vote.

The winner of the texting votes receives a ten point head start at the finals.

The Grand final will be held at the Riverfront in Newport on Saturday, April 13.

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