Friday 2 December 2016

Miss World vs Miss Universe: Two Irish beauty queens battle it out at pageants

Published 14/12/2015 | 13:22

Joanna Cooper (left) at Miss Universe and Sacha Livingstone (right) at Miss World
Joanna Cooper (left) at Miss Universe and Sacha Livingstone (right) at Miss World
Miss Ireland Sacha Livingstone at Miss World in the Top Model challenge
Joanna Cooper at Miss Universe
Joanna Cooper in her official Miss Universe portrait
Sacha Livingstone at Miss World
Joanna Cooper at Miss Universe

The battle of the international beauty queens has begun.

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While Derry native Joanna Cooper (20) represents Ireland at the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas, Antrim’s Sacha Livingstone (20) is in Sanya, China vying for the Miss World title.

And both models will be taking to the stage of their respective competitions just 24 hours apart. The Miss World final takes place on Saturday, December 19th while the Miss Universe competition wraps on Sunday, December 20.

Cooper, a journalism student at Queen’s University in Belfast and dead ringer for supermodel Cara Delevingne, has been making waves on social media, with many commenters predicting she’ll land a place in the top 15.

Joanna Cooper in her official Miss Universe portrait
Joanna Cooper in her official Miss Universe portrait

While Sacha, who works full-time as a model, has been more low-key about her participation, but previously revealed her desire to take home the Miss World crown as Rosanna Davison did in 2003.

 The winner of the Miss Universe pageant will move to New York for 12 months to live in Trump Place as tycoon Donald Trump owns the franchise.

The Miss World title holder is allowed to reside in their home country but is required to travel around the world for work. A winner is chosen through five different rounds of judging including Beauty with a Purpose, Multimedia, Sports, Talent, and Top Model.

Miss Ireland Sacha Livingstone at Miss World in the Top Model challenge
Miss Ireland Sacha Livingstone at Miss World in the Top Model challenge

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