Miss Arbroath Bombshell doing it for her kids

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A dedicated mum has fought adversity and been successfully chosen to try and win the crown for Arbroath at the Miss International Bombshell pageant.

Mhairilouise Newman moved to Arbroath from Stonehaven a year and a half ago after fleeing from an abusive relationship.

She called on the help of Women’s Aid and has gradually begun to build a life for herself and her daughters Millie, 3 and Pyper, four months.

After applying for the pageant Mhairilouise thought no more of it, thinking she wouldn’t get anywhere. She said: “I received a letter saying I had been put through to the grand final for Arbroath. I was overwhelmed and excited,” she said. “I would be very proud to be Miss Arbroath.

“I’m basically doing this for my children, I want them to be proud of me and I want to have goals in life.

“Taking part so far has already helped me gain self-esteem and confidence to find new friends.”

Mhairilouise has set herself some challenges such as sponsored sports events, including a sea swim. She is also getting involved with community projects such as Homestart.

“I am wanting to show other mums anything is actually possible, because it is! Just because you’re a mum it doesn’t mean life should stop. When I first moved here I was stuck but this has given me confidence to do more.”

As well as a judging panel there is a public vote for your Miss International Bombshell. Keep an eye on the Arbroath Herald for details of how to support Mhairilouise to win it for Arbroath.