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Galaxy girl Linzi to promote charity cause

A MODEL from Lockerbie hopes to put her blossoming career to good use after being crowned Miss Galaxy Glasgow and making her acting début.

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Despite her success, former Miss Scotland contender Linzi Mclelland is vowing to keep her feet planted firmly on the ground and plans to use her new found influence to promote a charity close to her heart.

The 21-year-old was last month crowned Miss Galaxy Glasgow and will next year compete to take home the Miss Galaxy Scotland title, and if successful will journey to America to compete for the Miss Galaxy International crown.

Former Lockerbie Academy student Linzi was previously crowned Miss British Empire 2013 and was one of the ten finalists for Miss Scotland 2014.

Discussing her success, she said: “The publicity you get from these things is amazing, and this time I am going to put the publicity to good use and raise money for The Scottish Association for Mental Health, as this is a charity close to my heart having lost my father to suicide two years ago.”

Two years ago Linzi’s dad James Mclelland, from Lockerbie, tragically committed suicide.

She said: “I plan to do as much fundraising as I can, and also get the more people aware of how serious mental health issues are. “I was told by the charity two people in Scotland commit suicide a day – that makes me so upset, and I would love to help these people who think it’s the only way out.”

Linzi is also also celebrating making her acting debut in Glasgow band Kelvin’s music video for their single Punching Bag.

She said: “This was my first acting role. I was terribly nervous at the start but once we got in to it and we had spent some time with each other we got on so well and it was a good laugh.

“My role was to play the crazy girlfriend who wants her boyfriend to stop being in a band.

“Watching the video back, it actually looks surprisingly believable even thought behind the scenes we were having a laugh with each other.”

Excited for the future, she added: “My modelling has taken off and I am the face of several brands and now with acting in my book too, who knows where I might end up in the next few years?

“Although I would love to say I am going to follow my dream and be the next Hollywood star, I’m going to keep both feet on the ground and finish my honours degree in business this year and hopefully land myself a HR job.”

Last night the model announced her plans to walk 17 miles from Glasgow to Loch Lomond on November 29 with friends to raise money for The Scottish Association for Mental Health.

To donate to the cause visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=ColetteLisaSimmoneLinziSophie&isTeam=true

 

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