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Inverness's Miss Scotland makes top 20 model shortlist wearing Prickly Thistle dress at Miss World competition

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Chelsie Allison wearing a handcrafted dress by Clare Campbell from the Prickly Thistle.
Chelsie Allison wearing a handcrafted dress by Clare Campbell from the Prickly Thistle.

Inverness's reigning Miss Scotland made the top 20 model shortlist at this year's Miss World competition in India as she competed against over 100 women from across the globe.

Chelsie Allison (26) scooped the title of Miss Scotland in October.

Now, the Tesco Mobile retail manager is spending five weeks in India as part of the Miss World competition.

Miss Scotland modelled a show stopping Scottish tartan dress that was handcrafted by local Inverness designer, Clare Campbell, from the Prickly Thistle..

When talking about this achievement, she said: "I was completely shocked when they called my country for the top 20 in the top model challenge!

"I was placed in the top 5 in Europe which was incredible.

"We all had to do a catwalk in a dress made by a designer local to us, for this I wore a dress designed by Prickly Thistle.

"Clare did an incredible job of designing this. The Rebel Warrior Queen creation is a paradox of the past and the future.

"Featuring three key parts, the body wrap, kilted maxi and a “step aside” bolero with flowing train.

"All of the fabric was woven by Prickly Thistle, using responsibly sourced wool yarns.

"All three key parts to the Rebel Warrior Queen creation are made from squares, rectangles and triangles resulting in zero fabric waste and in time can come apart to be usable fabric blocks for the next lifetime."

In aid of the pageant, Chelsie has also supported the Highland Hospice as her chosen charity after two of her relatives, who sadly passed away, were taken into the hospice where they received an exceptional standard of care.

She now plans to continue her work alongside the hospice and aims to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

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