A local lass is hoping to take the title of Miss Motherwell after making it to the Scottish final of the Miss Earth UK beauty pageant.
Musical theatre student Rachel Houston (20), a former pupil of Dalziel High School, will head to the final in Glasgow on August 31 after applying to take part online.
She said: “I took my chances and applied for it.
“I had to send headshots and full length photos of myself and also write lengthy descriptions as to why I would be right for a pageant that promotes environmental awareness.
“It’s the perfect match for me as I get to show my passion for keeping everything environmentally friendly.
“It’s all very exciting, I cannot wait to get involved in the third biggest beauty pageant in the world!”
If Rachel makes it through the Scottish final, she will head onto the next stage of the competition in the Philippines.