Aisling Bourke, 22, Thurles, Co Tipperary, science student
What are your hobbies and interests?
Reading, writing, acting and modelling.
Why should you be Miss Universe?
Miss Universe seems like a far-off dream, the Irish winner will have beauty in body and mind, be ambitious, strong-minded and a woman whose company you genuinely enjoy.
Physically, how would you rate yourself out of 10 and why?
Beauty cannot be rated on a scale. 'Beauty is not in the face; beauty is in the light of the heart.'
Do you have a boyfriend?
Yes. His name is Eoin Ryan, he's 22 and from Thurles also. He's a sound engineer but is also the bass player in his band, Jester.
What do you look for in a man?
Personality, intelligence, a good taste in music and someone who I just like being around. My other half has all those things.
What is the most important thing you have learned in life?
You mature from the mistakes you make. I'm only 22, after all.
What Irish politician would you most rate?
Not answering for fear of insulting someone.
If you could implement one thing in this country to help us out of the recession what would it be?
I would stop the reintroduction of college fees, as the vulnerable will suffer. Education empowers a nation.
What's your ultimate dream?
To continue being a happy person, to be successful and have people one day hear my name and say, "She made a difference". Or "Fair play to her", as we say in Tipp.
Why have you entered this competition?
You gain confidence, meet girls who know what they want from life and learn first hand what it takes to be a real lady. I know from past experience.
If you were on a desert island and could bring three items, what would these be and why?
A saw to cut down palm trees, a hammer and nails to connect everything, and a massive engine to get me off that island.
Are you a good girlfriend?
Ask my other half.
Would you consider yourself traditional in any way?
No, unfortunately, and that refers to my decisions, no one else's.
If you were to have plastic surgery what would you have done?
Nothing. I have accepted that you cannot always change things about yourself. I was 'the nerd with glasses' in school. Privately, though, that nerd resurfaces.