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Miss Scotland 2015
The two Lanarkshire girls bidding to be Miss Scotland 2015 are looking forward to the final of the competition.
Stephanie Dunn (23) from Larkhall and Julie Govan (19) from Stonehouse are competing against eight other beauties in the grand final on August 27 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.
Both girls have been working hard on the various challenges set for them, and have also been raising awareness of their chosen charities.
Stephanie says she is excited about the final.
She said: “I thought coming up to it I would be nervous but I’m looking forward to it now more than anything.
“The guests on the night will be shown what we have been doing in challenges and behind the scenes.
“We will have a dance routine and then the bikini round and then the final round which is evening wear.
“We will also be asked an interview question which will be totally unplanned and rehearsed.
“It’s better that way because then we have to be spontaneous and we can see their reactions.”
Stephanie says she particularly enjoyed the fitness challenge and is looking forward to seeing who comes out on top on the night of the final.
Julie particularly enjoyed the mother and daughter pamper session. She has entered some beauty contests in the past but says Miss Scotland is very different and about finding an ambassador for the country.
She feels the competition this year is tough.
Julie said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing who is crowned for Scotland. Every single girl is a worthy winner. Everyone is doing the right things it’s a tough year. Miss Scotland isn’t a beauty pageant, it’s to find an ambassador. You meet with the girls numerous times before the competition so we all know and support each other.
“I had a fair idea what it would be like because I followed it for so long and knew what the girls did every year. It’s been amazing.”
Both girls have been overwhelmed with the level of support they have received.
As well as their family and friends they have been supported by the wider community.
Stephanie said: “There are people I don’t even know who are rooting for me.
“That’s what I love about Scottish people. It doesn’t matter if you know one another. If someone is from Scotland or from their area they will back them.
“My cousin was in Asda in Hamilton and she was talking about me being in Miss Scotland, and the woman said: ‘Is that Stephanie? I’ve seen her in the paper.’
“People don’t know you but want you to win. It’s so nice.”
Julie said: “A lot of people who I don’t know personally have been really supportive. My Facebook page has just reached 3000 likes, my work have been incredible.
“They have given me time off for everything and thrown me a good luck party and they are sending four members of staff to the final.
“I have not personally received one negative comment. Everything has been great.”