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20 April 2012

A Level student wins Miss Vale of Glamorgan

19-year-old Hiral Narbad Shah, an A Level student at Cardiff and Vale College, has been crowned Miss Vale of Glamorgan 2012.

Hiral from Llandough aspires to work in the dental or pharmaceutical industry and is studying Chemistry and Maths at Cardiff and Vale College. She also studies A Level Biology at an independent exam centre and hopes to attend university in September.

Hiral, who couldn’t attend her first interview call back for the competition due to a clash with her A Level Biology exam, said: “I decided to enter the competition on a whim and got invited for an interview. I couldn’t attend the first interview as I didn’t want to jeopardise my education but I got a call back to attend the second interview stage. The next thing I knew they told me I had been chosen as a finalist. It was all a bit of a whirlwind really, and never did I think I would actually win. I’m determined to be the best role model I can.”

Bollywood dance teacher Hiral impressed the judges at the Miss Vale of Glamorgan competition, which took place last month, with her interview skills as well as her skills on the catwalk. Four judges; Paula Abbandonao, Director of Vibe; Sara Manchip, Miss Wales 2011; Carole Williams, manager of Dress-Stop.com; and Adrian Cornelius from The Joshua Foundation announced Hiral as the winner out of 21 contestants.

But piano playing Hiral isn’t just a pretty face. She sat six GCSEs two years earlier than the average teenager, at the age of just fourteen, achieving four A* and an A. She then attended Westbourne School where she completed her remaining GCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and where she was elected Head Girl. Throughout her teenage years, she has also been involved in volunteer work which has included working in an orphanage in India, guiding blind people in Iceland and organising fundraising schemes for charities. She recently rose over £500 for Cancer Research UK with fellow students at Cardiff and Vale College as part of her Welsh Baccalaureate.  

After winning the Miss Vale of Glamorgan competition, Hiral automatically qualified for the Miss Wales Competition, she said: “I feel privileged that winning Miss Vale of Glamorgan gave me the opportunity to attend the Miss Wales Final. It was very nerve-wracking with high calibre judges but it was an experience of a lifetime that has really boosted my confidence.” The contestants competed for the 2012 title at St David’s Hall in Cardiff earlier this month, where nineteen year old Sophie Moulds from Ferndale in Rhondda Cynon Taff was crowned Miss Wales 2012.

Hiral is dedicated to representing her region for the next year and hopes to continue entering pageants after her reign as Miss Vale of Glamorgan comes to an end, with the hope of entering the Miss Universe Wales competition in 2013.

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Photos courtesy of Lee Dare Photography