A north-east beauty queen has been crowned Mrs Scotland after organisers stripped the original winner of her title.
Alana Stott finished runner-up in the national contest to Natalie Paweleck, but it later emerged the winner had posed topless in men’s magazines FHM and Zoo.
Mrs Stott of Peterculter won the first ever Mrs Aberdeen competition in July and was automatically entered into the national final.
As reported in the Mail On Sunday, the original winner stood down after judges deemed her modelling past breached the rules which state that contestants should not pose nude “during or prior to” the event.
Mrs Stott will now represent Scotland in the Mrs World competition, an alternative event to Miss World, which takes place in China in March.
In a statement on her official Facebook page she said: “My journey so far has definitely involved a huge amount of personal growth and a new found appreciation of what it is to be a woman.
“For anyone who knows me you will already know about my mission, goals and dreams and for anyone who doesn’t you certainly will be finding out about them over the coming months.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me so far especially to my amazing sponsors who have already been quietly supporting me in the background.”
Mrs Paweleck – who claims the guidelines were too vague – has confirmed she has instructed a lawyer to recover the costs incurred during the competition and also to get an official apology.
The global event was launched in 1984, is open to married women only and is branded as a “platform for inspirational married women to make themselves heard and reach out to others”.
Mrs Stott is married to the double Guinness World Record breaker Dean Stott, who cycled the Pan American highway in 99 days.
She volunteers with the Rape Crisis Centre, is a member of the Children’s Hearing Panel Scotland and an honorary member of the Special Boat Service Association, a charity which provides support for special forces soldiers.