SLIDESHOW: Miss NI winner

The winner of this year’s Miss Northern Ireland contest was unveiled last night as Leanne McDowell

The contest began at 9pm on Monday evening at the Europa Hotel Belfast had 28 finalists in the running.

Leanne McDowell is crowned Miss Northern Ireland

Leanne McDowell is crowned Miss Northern Ireland

Miss Northern Ireland contestants prepare for the final last night at the Europa Hotel in Belfast

Miss Northern Ireland contestants prepare for the final last night at the Europa Hotel in Belfast