Falkirk Herald columnist Sophie Wallace was voted runner-up in the 2017 Miss Scotland competition.
Sophie, from Reddingmuirhead, who is studying multi-media journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, was stunned when she learned she was first runner-up for the coveted title, which qualifies winner Romy McCahill for the Miss World contest.
Throughout the competition the 20-year-old was raising money and awareness for the Carers Trust Scotland.
Sophie, who is in the third year of her studies, said: “This is such a high achievement for me. I have a little crown and I can’t take it off at the moment.
“It’s been such an honour to have been in the competition with all the girls who were all phenomenal. Through entering Miss Scotland I was given a platform to raise awareness of one of our biggest social issues and I hope by coming second I can raise the issue even further.”
In third place was Olivia McPike. The final took place at Glasgow’s Hilton last night (Thursday).