A teenager from Sutton who battled through anxiety and depression has made it to the finals of Miss Ireland 2019.
As part of her campaign, Megan Hurley (19), who will vie for the crown as Miss Dublin North, is hosting a charity event this weekend which celebrates mental health and inner beauty.
The ‘Beauty, Inside and Out’ brunch will take place at Marco Pierre White’s Courtyard in Donnybrook this Saturday, August 31 from noon to 4pm, with proceeds going to children’s charity, Variety Ireland.
The Sutton native – a former student of Santa Sabina College – missed much of her Leaving Cert year as she struggled with anxiety and depression.
But she still managed to sit her exams and went on to gain a Certificate in Business Studies before being offered a place on a degree course in Business and Marketing this summer.
Megan said she plans to use her time on the Miss Ireland campaign to champion inner confidence and self-care.
She told Dublin Gazette: “When I saw what the current Miss Ireland was doing, I said to myself: ‘I’d love to have a go at that’.
“So I just entered and here I am, going into the final on September 14. I am nervous but I love it so far and my family are very supportive.
“At first, they said: ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ because I went through a bad patch with depression and anxiety, but I think I’ve gotten huge confidence from it.”
Megan, who is also using her profile to spread breast cancer awareness, says she has been inspired by her mum, Aisling, who is chief executive of Breast Cancer Ireland.
In the past 12 months, the talented teen has embraced fitness and exercise in a bid to help her feel better and vows to empower young girls and help them realise that beauty is only skin deep.
She said: “I train in the gym three times a week because it helps my head. I want to spread that message, and encourage young women to feel positive about themselves.”
Tickets for Saturday’s brunch, with a host of experts sharing advice on skincare, style and mindful wellness, cost €25 and are available online at Eventbrite.ie.