THIS young woman – who officially has the most beautiful hair in Ireland and the UK – is weighing up her next move to stay a cut above the rest.
Vera McGrath is trained as an occupational therapist and has just started a new job in the healthcare industry.
But her lustrous locks have shot her to stardom and may open the door to further modelling opportunities as she draws comparisons with Nicole Scherzinger.
VERA (25) ENTERED THE HERBAL ESSENCES #SCHERZINGHAIR COMPETITION BEATING HUNDREDS OF HOPEFULS TO BE FLOWN OVER TO LONDON TO MEET X FACTOR JUDGE NICOLE AND STAR IN HER VERY OWN FASHION SHOOT FOR HEAT MAGAZINE.
And the former Pussycat Doll singer was full of praise for the Irishwoman when they met.
"Nicole couldn't believe how long and natural my hair was. She complimented it and ran her fingers through it," said Ms McGrath.
The pair chatted, drank cocktails and snapped selfies together but Nicole is "very particular about her photos and asks to see them afterwards", said Ms McGrath.
But it wasn't just her hair that made Nicole envious – she was also full of praise for her complexion.
"I wish I had pale, beautiful Irish skin like yours," Nicole told Ms McGrath when she explained about her lack of fake tan.
The Cork native was stunned to pick up the prize. "I was so convinced I wouldn't win that I even changed my balayage to a natural brown colour after I entered," she said.
Vera's hair secrets include a 10-week trim which she judges by how easy it is to brush her hair - when it starts getting knotty she knows it's time for a cut.
She also divulged that she doesn't brush her hair every day so as not to break up her bouncy waves.