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I tried hypnotism for Miss Universe - Miss Universe Ireland

AOIFE Hannon is over and although I didn't make it into the final 15, I really had the time of my life and I can't wait to start my career as a model.

My months of preparation all came to a climax this week. From applying to be Miss Spin Southwest to finally winning Miss Universe Ireland it has been a rollercoaster of emotions and getting to the finals in Sao Paolo, Brazil has been amazing.

I am disappointed that I didn't make it down to the final few girls but I wouldn't take it back for the world. Entering this competition was the best decision I ever made.

It's been the most exciting time of my life to date, Brazil is a really beautiful country, I like it so much that I have actually decided to extend my stay here. My boyfriend is over here and so is my family so we have decided to travel around Brazil over the next few days.


It will be nice to relax after the competition and it will be great to spend some time with my boyfriend who flew over here to see me in the finals.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how nice all the girls were especially with this type of competition I thought all the girls would be really competitive but I didn't find that at all.

In particular I made a really strong connection with Miss Sweden Ronnia Fornstedt, who won the title of Miss Photogenic. We were roommates in the hotel we were living in and she was such an inspiration to me.

She has come through a really tragic life, her parents died when she was young and she's just an amazing girl. I enjoyed getting to know her.

But I did get on with all the girls. I've already been invited to loads of different countries to visit the girls which is amazing, I can't wait to travel around now and see where all the girls come from.

I went to hypnotherapy before flying over here for the competition and it really did help. It was no harm for me to try it and it really did boost my confidence. I did it so I could focus all my attention on the competition and I think it worked.

Roz Purcell was a great help to me while I've been away. She couldn't make it to the finals. But she and her housemate Lynn Kelly, who is also a former Miss Universe, were in contact with me everyday, making sure I was okay and giving advice.

I feel like my life has completely transformed since entering the competition. I used to be a complete tomboy, always playing sport and now I've gone the complete opposite wearing glamorous dresses, getting my hair, tan and make-up done, it's like a different world for me. I feel like a real-life version of that film Miss Congeniality.

When I get back from Brazil, I will be heading back to Dublin. I have finally moved out of Kerry and now live in an apartment in the city with my cousin.

My next challenge now is learning how to drive. I won an S Class series Mercedes when I won my title of Miss Universe Ireland but I don't know how to drive and don't have a licence just yet. So my main aim is to get in the car by Christmas.

Unfortunately I won't be able to see the All Ireland Final on Sunday unless I find an Irish pub somewhere in Brazil that will show it. Of course, I'll be rooting for Kerry all the way.

I'm hugely into football and I always will be. I even got the Miss Universe girls to play a game of football when we were over at the finals but I was the only one who had actually played a game before.

I have to say a massive congratulations to the new Miss Universe 2011, Miss Angola Leila Lopes. I was really friendly with her throughout the competition and she definitely deserved to win as she is so elegant and graceful. She had a very popular personality over the four weeks I spent with the girls and she was so easy-going.

She has a hectic year ahead of her now and so do I. Once I get back, Andrea Roche has lots of modelling jobs lined up for me and I can't wait to get stuck into modelling again.

I did lots of press calls before I left for Brazil but now I have more confidence on the catwalk too after strutting on the Miss Universe stage.

I deferred a year from studying Law and Irish at the University of Limerick to focus on my title and that's what I plan to do, I want to put everything into being Miss Universe Ireland 2011.