Miss Ire­land sees red

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - NEWS - Aoife will rep­re­sent Ire­land in the Miss World fi­nal on Satur­day, Septem­ber 28, in Jakarta, In­done­sia

Rosanna Dav­i­son is her idol. From the mo­ment Rosanna won the ti­tle of Miss World in 2003, cur­rent Miss Ire­land Aoife has been in awe of her. “Miss Ire­land is some­thing that I’ve al­ways wanted to do, my whole life,” says the 24-year-old Clon­mel na­tive. “It goes back to when I was very young and I watched Miss World on TV when Rosanna won. I thought that she was just the most beau­ti­ful woman in the world. I al­ways won­dered, ‘Could I be that girl?’ And it turns out I could.” She never ex­pected to win Miss Ire­land. Aoife was so sure she wouldn’t win that she had a hol­i­day to Croa­tia booked for the fol­low­ing morn­ing. “It was a to­tal shock for all of us, to be hon­est,” she ex­plains. “None of us thought I would ac­tu­ally win, in­clud­ing my­self. I had checked in for my flight and ev­ery­thing.” Her life changed in one night. “It’s been amaz­ing — to­tally life-chang­ing,” she beams. “You go from just be­ing nor­mal one day and then, overnight, you wake up and you’re on the front of, like, seven news­pa­pers. It’s crazy.” She’s a proud ginger. How­ever, it has had its neg­a­tive mo­ments. “The re­sponse and at­ten­tion that I got for my red hair has been un­be­liev­able,” Aoife says. “The amount of peo­ple around the world, in­clud­ing in the US, who have con­tacted me and said, ‘You are an amaz­ing ambassador for red hair’ is so heart-warm­ing. I’m not go­ing to lie; there have been times in my life when I’ve been slagged or teased be­cause of it, but I’m re­ally proud of my red hair. It will make me stand out in the crowd in Miss World, so I think it could give me the ex­tra edge needed.” Aoife has three Univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions. “I have a huge pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion,” she ex­plains. “I have a Bach­e­lor of Arts ma­jor­ing in Economics and Ge­og­ra­phy from Univer­sity Col­lege Cork, a Mas­ter’s in Busi­ness Man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick and a post-grad Diploma in Ed­u­ca­tion from Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin.”

She’s play­ing the fu­ture by ear. Aoife is a fully qual­i­fied teacher, but for the mo­ment she is fo­cus­ing on her Miss World goal. “I’m just go­ing to see what hap­pens next week,” she says. “I’m def­i­nitely tak­ing the year out from teach­ing to en­joy the year as Miss Ire­land, ei­ther way. It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to be a Miss Ire­land and, now that the dream has been re­alised, it will open up so many doors for me, so I’m just go­ing with the flow.”

Pho­to­graph by Conor McCabe

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