Miss Universe: The universal mind
One of them thinks that ‘this new era of transparency, particularly in banking and business, will, I feel, go a long way towards renewing confidence in key business sectors’, and they disagree on college fees and plastic surgery, but they mostly like a genuine guy with a nice sense of humour. They are the Miss Universes, they’re in their knickers, and they’ve got something to say. Photography by Kip Carroll. Styling by Liadan Hynes
Miss Kerry, Aoife Healy, 18, Castlegregory, Co Kerry, model at Upfront Model Management and student
What are your hobbies and interests?
Tae kwon do -- I am a black belt -- and modelling.
Why should you be Miss Universe?
I love modelling and really enjoy travelling. I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, see new places and learn so many new things. Also, I think it would be great for Ireland to win Miss Universe -- just like we won Miss World with Rosanna a few years ago.
Physically, how would you rate yourself out of 10 and why?
I keep myself fit and eat healthy, so I guess an 8 out of 10, because no one is perfect.
Do you have a boyfriend?
What do you look for in a man?
A good sense of humour.
What is the most important thing you have learned in life?
No matter what, your friends are always there for you -- so be good to your friends.
What Irish politician would you most rate?
Don't rate any of them.
If you could implement one thing in this country to help us out of the recession what would it be?
To become more competitive and to rediscover our real Irish welcome, so as to attract tourists whatever the weather.
What's your ultimate dream?
My dream is to walk on the runway in Paris and, of course, to appear on the cover of Vogue.
Why have you entered this competition?
I love modelling, so the opportunity to model and build up my portfolio is wonderful.
If you were on a desert island and could bring three items, what would these be and why?
Sunscreen, phone and best friend Jackie.
Are you a good girlfriend?
Yes, I am. I am always there for my friends in good times and bad.
Would you consider yourself traditional in any way?
Although I really want to do lots of different things with my life, one of my core values is being true to my friends and family.
If you were to have plastic surgery what would you have done?