MISS WALES is appealing for young women from north Wales to put themselves forward.

The Miss Wales team will visit North Wales for castings next week conducting interviews at the Ramada Hotel in Wrexham on November 22.

They are encouraging young women to seize the opportunity and apply while they still can.

Director Paula Abbandonato, said: “We have watched so many girls grow in confidence and have fun through the Miss Wales competition that we want as many girls as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.

“It’s been some time since a girl from the north has won the Miss Wales title but 2020 could be the year for it to all change.”

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She added: “One of the great things about Miss Wales is seeing real girls doing real things.

"It’s a world away from the social media fantasy of a perfect life and just celebrates young women chasing their dreams and working with their local communities.”

In the run up to the final, the Miss Wales finalists women will be tasked with fundraising for the Miss World charity Beauty With A Purpose which helps disadvantaged children worldwide. They will also be given a series of challenges to help them develop in confidence.

The Miss Wales final takes place over three days in April and include an empowerment day where finalists break wooden boards with their bare hands, a charity ball and a catwalk show.

Every year the winner of Miss Wales gets a host of prizes and experiences including representing Wales at the prestigious Miss World final. In recent years, the Miss Wales competition has raised more than £600,000 for charity.

To take part girls must be Welsh or have Welsh heritage and should be between the ages of 16 and a half and 25.

The current Miss Wales is 22-year-old Gabriella Jukes, a graduate and model from Port Talbot. Gabriella will travel to London next week to compete in the Miss World 2019 pageant which will be broadcast around the world on December 14th.

The reigning Miss World is Vanessa Ponce De Leon from Mexico. The last Miss Wales to win Miss World was Helen Morgan from Barry in 1974. Sophie Moulds from Ferndale in Rhondda Cynon Taff came second in 2012.