Lanarkshire girl Claudia Todd spent almost a yr dwelling the dream as a princess in Disneyland.
Now the Bothwell magnificence is hoping for a fairytale ending to 2021 after reaching the finals of this yr’s Miss Scotland contest.
The 25-year-old loved 10 months working as a princess and parade performer at Disneyland Paris earlier than Covid struck, and now runs her personal magnificence enterprise in Uddingston.
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Claudia was one of four Lanarkshire stunners who were recently announced among the final 12 within the upcoming Miss Scotland pageant.
Having had a ardour for performing and modelling since she was a tot, Claudia graduated from New Faculty Lanarkshire with an honours diploma in musical theatre.
She landed her final first skilled job at Disneyland, entertaining youngsters from throughout world.
“It actually was the dream,” mentioned Claudia. “I completely cherished making kids and adults’ goals come true.
“There actually isn’t any higher feeling than that ‘magical Disney hug’ during which the dad and mom could be in whole awe to see their kids so pleased.
“That’s a reminiscence I may always remember.
“I completely love working with kids and have completed since I left school. From working at Disneyland to pantomimes to educating performing in faculties and nurseries, it’s so fulfilling to see youngsters develop and blossom into their very own little personalities.
“I additionally labored with kids with disabilities for 3 years which was simply superb to construct such a robust bond with the youngsters while educating them life expertise.”
Though grateful for the alternatives she’s had, Claudia’s life was turned the other way up three years in the past when her well being collapsed.
She defined: “Once I was 22 my kidneys went into overdrive and I contracted sepsis and was very unwell.
“I used to be in Wishaw Basic for 3 weeks. Nevertheless with the superb consultants, nurses, and our important NHS workers I fortunately recovered.
“It was a really scary time for me as I hadn’t a lot as even damaged a bone up till that time.
“To be rushed away after collapsing in my home was traumatising.
“I used to be so fortunate and I’m nonetheless so grateful to this present day for all the assistance and help I had from our NHS, but in addition my household and associates.
“With out them I wouldn’t have discovered the power to beat such a threatening situation.”
Whereas mendacity in her hospital mattress recovering, Claudia dedicated to giving again for the care she acquired and contacted the UK Sepsis Belief.
Since then, she’s been an envoy for 3 years and has raised greater than £8000 for the charity by means of varied occasions reminiscent of Thistle and Fizz Girls Lunch, climbing Ben Nevis, and the annual UK Sepsis Belief ball.
Now renting a room inside a salon in Uddingston and working her personal magnificence enterprise, Claudia also can find time for different pursuits together with horse using and modelling.
She mentioned: “I’m a licensed pores and skin therapist. I assist each men and women achieve confidence of their pores and skin bettering pores and skin imperfections they fester over.
“These embody zits, zits scarring, hyperpigmentation, solar injury, uninteresting and drained pores and skin, rosacea, eczema and lots of extra.”
Every of the Miss Scotland entrants might be elevating cash for his or her chosen charities over the approaching months, and can then participate in a web-based model of the competitors, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The winner might be introduced on the finish of August.
Claudia added: “Miss Scotland is not only a ‘competitors’ or a ‘pageant’ to me, it means a lot greater than that.
“It offers ladies a platform and an empowering function to characterize their nation.
“Having younger men and women to look as much as nearly as good function fashions is important this present day, particularly with psychological well being being such an enormous a part of younger individuals’s on a regular basis lives.”
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