The next woman crowned as Miss Universe Ireland could also be given a deal with Donald Trump’s agency in New York—following Rozanna Purcell’s footsteps toward international success.
The 2011 beauty queen will be expected to garner as much popularity and achievements both in Ireland and around the world.
Pageant organizer Andrea Roche revealed the 24 girls hoping to take Rozanna’s crown in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, on June 10. Roche said the business tycoon had taken a special notice of the 2011 contest after the huge success of the 2010 winner.
“He was hoping we would pick someone as good as Roz as she's done so well from it," she said. "She has really put the Irish leg of the contest on the map and all eyes will be on her successor.”
Since winning the contest last year, Rozanna has worked in South Africa, South America and the United States and has just recently obtained a profitable contract with cosmetics giant GOSH.
“Having gone to the Miss Universe final in Las Vegas, I think I have a good idea what kind of girl we're looking for and we have a great batch this year. They love the Irish in the States and Donald said that he may sign up this year's winner as well," Roche said.
The Herald revealed that among those battling it out for Rozanna’s title next month will be Jade Lynch, 20, from Santry. Lynch is already well connected in the modeling world since she is related to TV host Amanda Byram—one of Ireland’s top models before she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career.
The contestants have less than two weeks to prepare and the winner will have to fulfill Rozanna’s duties as Miss Universe Ireland, and will have to remain hopeful that Donald Trump takes this year’s Irish beauty queen under his success-inviting wing as well.