The nationwide pageants contest Miss Wales will reach its grand finale this month with the winner going on to compete in Miss World.
Twenty-two teams of young women from each local authority area in Wales will be taking part in the final in Cardiff.
Miss Wales encourages women from all walks of lives to participate.
The motivations of participants vary greatly. One participant this year was driven to enter after watching her mother die of cancer.
“There are also some cases where participants using Miss Wales to catapult themselves into entertainment industry or pursue career in modeling, but these are remained relatively rare,” said Ms Abbandonato.
One focal point of this annual event is the Miss World charity—Beauty with a Purpose. All the money raises by the event is set to donate to Bobath Cymru, a therapy centre in Wales, which helps children who suffer from cerebral palsy, a physical disability caused by permanent, non-progressive movement disorder.
A centre volunteer said: “I hope the fundraising events organised by Miss Wales are able not only to garner financial support for the therapy centre but also raise public’s awareness toward cerebral palsy and the important role of Bobath therapy play in treating this illness across the country.”
It is also the 40th year since the first Miss Wales, Helen Morgan, won Miss World in 1974 although she was stripped of the title after it emerged she had a son.
By Zijun Tian