Crowns and Sashes Magazine Sep 21'

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Interview with Michelle Livingstone

Hello everyone! My name is Michelle Livingstone and I’m 44 years old. I first started pageants nearly three years ago, through my cousin Natalie, to help me with my confidence and nerves. The first pageant I competed with was Miss Scotland Charity in 2019, where I placed first runner up. I then went on to compete with Miss Saltire in 2020. I placed first runner up and was awarded ambassador. Then I decided to compete with Face of Scotland. It was the first ever pageant I went to watch, and I loved everything about the system. Everyone was absolutely lovely and welcoming, and I love the charities - Headway and the Les Hoey Foundation. The best thing pageants have taught me is that you can achieve anything you want in life. You need to believe in yourself work hard and stay focused. My pageant platform is mental health. I recently became an ambassador for Beard Clothing who support mental health. I also have done challenges and charity walk for Unmasked Mental Health. I love raising awareness for mental health, as I have suffered from depression and PTSD from a young age, so it’s something close to my heart. I raise goods and money for my local Edinburgh PDSA. I love to get out in my community too, but lockdown was hard, so I handed out food bags to anyone in need of them. My dream title would be Face of Scotland. I’d love to hold a title representing the place I was born and, if I were to win, it would mean everything to me as I’ve worked really hard as a finalist. So, to win would be amazing - to be recognised for all your hard work is a massive achievement. The best advice I’d give would be to just be you. Remember hard work does pay off and believe in yourself - you can achieve anything in life. In the run up to my finals I have held my own online pageant two years in a row. I've also held charity card raffles, pet competitions and there has been so much more! My best appearance was at Royal International Miss. It was so good to see everyone again since lockdown. My pageant was put back a few months due to Covid restrictions. I’m competing on the 3rd of October. I cannot wait! Covid has made fundraising so difficult, but I’m so proud of how well I’ve done. My favourite pageant round is evening. I absolutely love evening I love the slow walk the beautiful evening gowns.

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