Wednesday 26 July 2017

Amanda Brunker on getting special permission to compete in Miss World at 17: 'I was the original Nadine Coyle'

Amanda Brunker on Saturday Night With Miriam
Amanda Brunker on Saturday Night With Miriam
Amanda Brunker was just 17 when she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1991
Amanda Brunker
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Amanda Brunker has revealed she had to get special permission to compete in the Miss World pageant in 1993.

The media personality was just 17 when she was crowned Miss Ireland in spite of the fact that the minimum age for entrants is 18 years old.

"I was like the original Nadine Coyle," she laughed to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam.

"I didn't realise I was going to win the competition when I went in for it, I thought it would be something nice to do. Then I went and won the thing and thought, 'No, we have to try to get out of this'.

Amanda Brunker was just 17 when she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1991
Amanda Brunker was just 17 when she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1991

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I was going to be dethroned and my family were very upset because I was bringing shame to the family name.

"They had to ring the Miss World and see if they could let me in and it turned out there was some girl from Guatemala who was 17 as well, so they let me in and the rest, as they say, is history."

Brunker said she was homesick as she travelled the world for her role at the international competition, saying: "It was five weeks away from home. It was before Skype, there were no mobile phones, the only thing I had for company was a Walkman and I think I had three tracks.

Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker

She was joined by fellow former title holders Pamela Flood (43) and Sarah Morrissey (30).

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