Local Woman Pulls the Trump Card


20 year old Nadia Achha from Bristol is in the running to represent Great Britain at Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant. Nadia is a university student and will be one of around 40 women to take part in Miss Universe Great Britain 2015 in Cardiff in June.

In the run up she will be tasked with a series of challenges and fundraising for Strongbones – a charity which helps children from all over the UK with diseases of the bone.

The final in June will be a three day event and includes an empowerment day lead by one of the UK’s foremost leadership coaches; a celebration dinner with friends and family; and a catwalk show before a panel of judges from the beauty and fashion industry.

Nadia said: “I am really excited to have been chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain this year and will be doing all that I can in the next few months to prepare’’.
‘’Miss Universe is one of the biggest pageants in the world and being a part of it is a privilege. It is an organisation that prides itself on the process of helping others and I feel happy to be a part of this. The competition is a productive step forward in my life, as in both my university and personal time I have helped in forming companies that facilitate projects devoted to fostering social change and empowerment to individuals and marginalised communities. I am very fortunate and exceedingly grateful to start my journey and be in a position to use my abilities to a greater extent with different organisations. In light of this, I will be running two very exciting events next month in Bristol and London to raise money for an incredible charity called ‘Strongbones Charitable Trust’, they support families with children suffering from bone conditions such as bone cancer, brittle bone disease, scoliosis and arthritis.’’

‘’Being a contestant will be challenging, but that is exactly why I am doing this. I am so excited and only stand to improve who I am whilst achieving more for the communities and people we share our world with.’’

The Miss Universe Great Britain operates a NOT IN VAIN campaign as part of the competition which acknowledges the efforts and calibre of finalists. In 2015, three awards under the NOT IN VAIN campaign will be presented to finalists. They are an award for the finalist who raises the most for charity through the experience presented by Strongbones; an award for the most inspiring finalist who shows dedication to empowering young women presented by the Miss Universe Great Britain national director; and a Miss Universe Great Britain business bursary offering high-level business coaching by Elsby & Co Chartered Accountants in Northamptonshire to a finalist who is either in or entering the world of business.

As well as getting the opportunity to represent the UK for around three weeks at an exotic overseas location later this year at Miss Universe, the winner of Miss Universe Great Britain will receive an extensive prize package including a wardrobe of designer cocktail and evening wear from MacDuggal; pearl jewellery from Orchira; swimwear from Sandstorm and a series of international travel opportunities including a holiday in Bali.

National director of Miss Universe Great Britain, Paula Abbandonato, said: “Pageantry in the UK is bigger than ever and we have the most amazing line-up of young women from England, Scotland and Wales vying for the crown this year. It’s going to be an excellent competition and I wish them all the very best of luck. The UK has never won Miss Universe but I think that this year could be our year!”

Around 90 countries take part in the Miss Universe event. The dates and location for 2015 has yet to be announced.

The current Miss Universe Great Britain is 25-year-old Grace Levy from London. The current Miss Universe is Paulina Vegas from Columbia.



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