Miss Scotland winner Linzi McLelland is set to represent her home country in this years Miss World competition in Sanya, China on the 8th December.
The 24-year-old beauty queen was crowned Miss Scotland on June this year, after the disappointment of missing out on the title in 2014. She was convinced by her mum to take part in the competition, this time securing the crown.
Linzi will be wearing a dress that was designed and created by the Fashion & Design students at Glasgow Clyde College.
She said: “If I could help a student who was just starting off in their career, it’s a big opportunity for someone.
“I know how talented the students are here, so I was very keen to ask them to design the dress.
“What was really important me, with my title, I wanted to include the community and the people of Scotland.”
For fashion students Jaime MacInnes and Alison Smith, the opportunity to design the dress for the Miss World event was very exciting.
Jaime said: ”It was really exciting to be involved in it, with the opportunity to work with students from other departments.
“With Miss World, you’re out there, it’s something more than just your own work, for yourself, it’s something that everyone could share in.
“To give Linzi something that she’s proud to wear and something that represents Scotland with something traditional and more modern is in itself, very exciting.”
Alison said: ”It’s amazing that our dress is going to be showcased for the whole world to see.
“I loved the idea of being able to see the project through from start to finish from designing and making the dress.”
Since winning the Miss Scotland crown, Linzi has since decided to leave her job as cabin crew with Emirates, after living away from home in Dubai for two years.
She said: “I wanted to come home and follow my dreams and give my all for this.
“It was too much to juggle, I wanted to give 100% to this year as Miss Scotland.”
For Linzi, the best part about competing in pageants is raising awareness for her chosen charity, The Scottish Association for Mental Health and will undergo mental health first aid training by St Andrew’s First Aid.
She said: “I lost someone very close to myself when he committed suicide.
“This year, for me, I was really driven to raise as much awareness as I can for suicide.
“Hopefully with what I’m doing for suicide awareness, maybe Scotland will feel a little more comfortable being open with their thoughts and feelings.”
For the beauty queen the opportunity to travel to China to compete in the Miss World competition is a one in a lifetime experience.
She said: “I’m going to see it as more of an experience than a competition. “I feel really supported and humbled about how proud people are that I’m going to represent the country.”