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Mischa lookalike Joanne hoping to take catwalk scene by storm

THIS is Ireland's very own Mischa Barton lookalike.

Leggy beauty Joanne McKiernan (left) is the latest hot young thing to step onto the Irish catwalk scene and the Dubliner is hoping to take the industry by storm.

The 24-year-old has been told on a host of occasions that she resembles a number of well-known celebrities.

"When I was younger, maybe 18 or 19, my friends used to say that I looked like Mischa Barton (inset right). Now I'm told I look like Grainne Seoige. It's flattering but I just think that I look like me."

The brunette, who competed in the Rose of Tralee last year, posed for her first official modelling gig earlier this week with radio DJ Ian Dempsey, to help raise awareness for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Croi, the Heart & Stroke Charity.

Castleknock native Joanne admitted to the Diary that she jumped at the chance to show off her runway skills in front of the cameras.

"I represented The Alzheimer Society last year in the Dublin Rose of Tralee selection, but I hadn't taken part in any fundraising since because I was busy studying, so I was delighted to volunteer for the photocall -- I jumped at the chance," she said.

Joanne is hoping to put her Rose experience to good use now that she has more time on her hands and has her fingers crossed that the offers from agencies will start rolling in over the coming months.

"I hadn't really considered going into modelling [before], but if more opportunities came my way I'd of course take them," she said.

"It'd be great if anything else comes my way."