A Bothwell beauty has been crowned this year’s Miss Scotland.
Stunning Claudia Todd received the coveted title and crown from 2019/20 predecessor, Keryn Matthew, during the 2021 finals, held at the Corinthian Hotel in Glasgow, last Friday evening.
Even now, days after the final, the former Disney princess – who fought a deadly sepsis bout three years ago – is still trying to come to terms with the fact she has fulfilled her childhood dream of representing her country as Miss Scotland, describing it as a real “pinch me” moment.
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The 25-year-old businesswoman and model told Lanarkshire Live : “On Saturday morning I woke up as Miss Scotland 202I, I was genuinely speechless.
“Thank you to everyone who has wished me well for the future. Receiving the crown from Keryn was a surreal moment I will never forget.
“I certainly have big boots to fill!”
Claudia will now represent the country during the upcoming Miss World competition, to be held in December in Puerto Rico, whilst also continuing to raise money and awareness of the UK Sepsis Trust, the charity of which she became an ambassador for in after contracting the virus at the age of 22.
She added: “This has been my dream since I was a little girl and now that it has come true, it is definitely a pinch me moment.
“I am so lucky to have met such a great group of girls on my Miss Scotland journey. Each finalist is admirable with their own personal story.
“And I feel honoured to represent my glorious country at Miss World in Puerto Rico in December.
“I am ecstatic and I cannot wait to meet empowered woman from all over the world, whilst also continuing to raise awareness and support for the UK Sepsis Trust, a charity which is close to my heart.”
In the last three years Claudia, who is dating Greenock Morton striker Gary Oliver, has raised over £9000 for the charity through various ventures including running a 10k recently that garnered £2000 alone.
She also hopes to now organise a weekly programme to aid disadvantaged children and children with special needs to help them make their dreams come true.
She continued: “Contracting sepsis was a very traumatising experience and one I will never forget.
“I was in hospital for three weeks literally fighting for my life.
“And, with the help of the NHS, my family and friends the minute I was on my way to recovery I reached out to the UK Sepsis Trust and the rest is history.
“I cannot thank the board enough for giving me the ambassador role that allows me to raise awareness.
“In the past three years I have raised £9950 for them through many fun and exciting events – my work with them is a daily reminder of how far I have come since contracting the silent killer myself and it has spurred me to follow other dreams such as my passion for helping and working alongside children.
“So much so, I now wish to set up a programme to aid deprived children and children with special needs where they can come for dance classes, baking, Disney story time and other fun activities.
“As a previous Disneyland Paris princess performer I made children’s dreams come true every day and as Miss Scotland I hope to do the same.”
Official Miss Scotland licence holder Janis-Sue Smith said: “I am absolutely delighted that Claudia Todd has become Miss Scotland 2021. Claudia is not only a stunning girl , she has a vibrant personality and positive outlook on life .
“Claudia worked hard on all her Miss Scotland challenges to win her the crown, she embraced each one and gave her all. I think she will make a excellent ambassador for Scotland and I look forward to working with her over the next 12 months.”
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