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No, I won't wear that -- Suzanne's fur show protest

MODEL Suzanne McCabe stunned fellow catwalk queens when she refused to wear a fur top and matching shoes at the Peter Mark NCAD Graduate Show in the Dining Hall of Trinity College.

The blonde beauty, who was hired alongside fellow models including Sarah Morrissey, Georgia Salpa and Karen Fitzpatrick told the Diary she reluctantly had to put her foot down about the outfit as it would compromise her pledge to PETA to never wear fur.

Suzanne (28) is the first Irish model to follow Pamela Anderson, Christy Turlington and Sophie Ellis Bextor and strip for the animal rights group's I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.

"It was difficult," Suzanne explained. "I was put in the dreaded situation of being selected to wear real fur. It was this designer's big day and I didn't want to add any unnecessary stress but at the end of the day I had to stick to my morals so I requested a change of outfit.

"I pledged never to wear fur, and that is something I feel very strongly about. Animals have to come first," she added.

Suzanne, whose 28th birthday fell on the same day, opted for a low-key celebration instead of a night on the tiles by staying in to watch the Eurovision.

The beauty queen did however treat herself to a trip to the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt with pals last week to mark the big milestone.

She also used the occasion to celebrate the launch of her new jewellery website Bling Bling.ie.