After being crowned Miss Bristol in April, Yasemin Arslan is now preparing to represent her city in the final of Miss Great Britain 2021 later this year.
Born to an Irish mother and a Turkish father, the 22-year-old is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom have supported her in her journey to becoming a nationally-recognised beauty pageant star.
Alongside pursuing this dream, Yasemin works full time as a laser hair removal and skin specialist at Therapie in Cribbs Causeway.
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Pageants have been a family affair for Yasemin ever since she was encouraged to enter the Miss Bristol competition by her cousin Ayesha Ahern, who was crowned Miss Kent in 2016.
The Bristol star, who attended Blaise High School and SGS College Filton, is very close with her mother, who she said has always supported her.
“I had tremendous support from my mother who has always encouraged me to push myself and to set limitless goals,” Yasemin told Bristol Live.
Away from work, Yasemin is outgoing and has taken the time to learn more about her cultural heritage.
She said: “Whenever I have free time, I enjoy learning more of my second language, which is Turkish, and when I don’t have my head in the books, I play a lot of netball.”
Due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the Miss Bristol competition was held online in April and Yasemin was picked by the competition’s judges out of thousands of eager applicants.
After winning the Miss Bristol title, Yasemin was motivated to go all the way and she has since been entered into the Miss GB final as the city’s representative.
The historic Miss Great Britain event is an annual, national beauty pageant that has been crowning winners since 1945.
Yasemin Arslan is half Irish and half Turkish
(Image: Yasemin Arslan)
Every year the competition attracts a mix of independent and empowered women, giving them the platform to showcase their brand and the causes they support.
The pageant hasn’t always had the best reception from critics, but Yasemin thinks it can have a positive impact.
“I love how pageants have always raised money for great causes and I love how it brings all kinds of people together from all walks of life,” she said. “There is now a welcoming platform for different nationalities, cultures, ages, religions and genders.
“The show gives a national platform for motivated and ambitious contestants to stand up for what they believe in and it’s a great way to show the world the best version of yourself, which is a sentiment I will personally promote forever.”
Alongside her title as Miss Bristol and a Miss GB candidate, Yasemin is involved in raising awareness for two charities which have been picked by the Miss GB competition – and Miss Bristol is planning a host of events to raise money for each cause.
The first charity chosen is Cancer Research UK and the second, less well-known charity is Alex’s Wish, which was set up by the parents of a four-year-old boy named Alex who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – which is the most aggressive form of the illness – two weeks before his fourth birthday.
Yasemin plans to host a quiz night and a raffle in Bristol to raise funds for these causes and after this event, she wants to continue supporting causes that mean a lot to her.
She said: “I want to volunteer to help with homelessness and drug and alcohol use in Bristol, as these two charities are very close to my heart. If I know that I’ve contributed and had an impact on someone’s life, then it really makes all of this worth it.”
Miss Bristol is 22-year-old Yasemin Arslan
(Image: Yasemin Arslan)
Yasemin has a busy year ahead of her as she begins her training in Leicester for the finals on September 15 and 16 2021. She will be coached by former Miss Bristol GB winner Kobi-Jean Cole who will help her perfect her pageant techniques. In the future, the star hopes to go on to win the international final of the Miss Tourism World competition.
Ahead of the finals, a spokesperson for Miss Great Britain said: “We are incredibly excited to welcome Yasemin and all of our finalists to Leicester in September for the Grand Final of Miss Great Britain 2021.
“Our live final is always an incredibly special event but this year it will be even more so as we have waited for so long to be able to safely host the event.”
She added: “If I were to be crowned Miss Great Britain, I would use my title to gain awareness and get my voice and many others’ heard. That would just be an all-time dream of mine.”
Yasemin spoke about her experience as Miss Bristol with resounding positivity and has learned a lot by being involved with the organisation. She hopes that as a female role model, her platform will give others the courage to go for gold too.
She added: “No matter what it is that you want in life if you’re hungry enough, determined and eager, then take every opportunity with both hands, set that goal and smash it.
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. No matter your background or what you have or don’t have in life, you’re capable and worthy.
“There is only one of you and that is your power, so embrace it. Stand tall, and be proud, and remain humble, and most importantly be comfortable in your own skin.”
To support Yasemin’s journey to becoming a national champion, head to Miss Great Britain’s website to find out more.
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