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Our new Miss Universe plots her big move to the capital

SHE'S been inundated with offers of modelling work since taking the Miss Universe Ireland crown, but ambitious Aoife Hannon isn't taking any chances when she moves to Dublin next month.

The Diary can reveal the gorgeous Kerry native has lined up a part-time job in the capital with American clothing giant Hollister to work at their new store.

Aoife (19) will be based in the chain's new Dundrum outlet -- which opens on July 15 -- where she has secured a gig as a store model.

The beauty queen is finalising details of where to live and says she hopes to make the big move from her native town of Listowel, Kerry in the coming weeks.

"I only applied after I won the Miss Universe Ireland pageant so I suppose that's why I got it straight away," she laughed. "I'm looking forward to it, it will be something different for me.

"I'll be working as a store model with them, something part time to keep me busy.

"They open in the middle of July so I'll have to be in Dublin by then," she added.

Aoife, who will represent Ireland at the Miss Universe finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September, says she is also busy focusing her attentions on preparing for the pageant.

The brunette beauty has no previous modelling experience but says her predecessor Rozanna Purcell has offered to give her an intensive course on the dos and don'ts.

Roz (20) has also promised to give Aoife some lessons in order to help create a signature walk on the catwalk, before she takes off for South America in the autumn.

Dedicated Aoife went on to explain how she had been in the gym as often as possible since winning the title.

However the svelte beauty is adamant she wants to be a good role model to other young girls and insists she is keen merely to tone up and not to lose too much weight before the contest:

"I'm not killing myself at the gym, I'm going here and there when I can," she said.

"You can only do so much and I don't want to lose weight. I'm just trying to tone up because I think the girls you see at these competitions have really toned bodies instead of being super skinny."

Aoife says there has been no let up in the celebrations since she was crowned Miss Universe Ireland just over two weeks ago, with her football club, Listowel Emmets Ladies club, planning a bash for her this Friday night.

Aoife, who represented Spin South West in the pageant finals, can also look forward to the station throwing her a celebratory party in Listowel.

-- lN