Tuesday 20 February 2018

'I love getting up there in a bikini' - model on why Miss Universe should never get rid of swimsuit competition

Cailin Aine Ni Toibin from Cork after she was announced winner at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017, pictured with Brittany Mason (right)
Cailin Aine Ni Toibin from Cork after she was announced winner at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017, pictured with Brittany Mason (right)
Brittany Mason at the Spotlight Whitening Launch event. Picture: Mark Stedman
Brittany Mason at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brittany Mason of Nevada competes in the second annual Miss Sunset Tan Pageant at the Palms Casino Resort July 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Cork Cailin Aine Ni Toibin stole the show at the glitzy pageant
Brittany Mason at the Schuh SS17 Launch in House, Dublin. Picture: Julien Behal
Miss Universe contestants participate in a swimwear fashion show in Cebu City, central Philippines
Steven Patch and Brittany Mason at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Model Brittany Mason has admitted she doesn’t think Miss Universe should ever get rid of the swimsuit competition, ahead of Irish contestant Cailin Aine Ni Toibin taking to the pageant stage next month.

Brittany took over as director of Miss Universe Ireland this year and helped to crown the Cork beauty.

Brittany Mason at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brittany Mason at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Brian McEvoy

While the swimsuit competition leaves some unimpressed, Brittany insisted it shouldn’t be done away with because it promotes a healthy body image.

“On a personal level, I like it, I love it. I love getting up there in a bikini and rocking the runway. I worked so hard for that moment, mentally and physically,” she said.

“It’s more of a mental thing, really, because you have to have a lot of confidence to get up there.

“Ireland and other countries out there have struggled with obesity and this is promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

Miss Cork Cailin Aine Ni Toibin stole the show at the glitzy pageant
Miss Cork Cailin Aine Ni Toibin stole the show at the glitzy pageant

Cailin described Miss Universe Ireland as a “quieter” competition before Brittany became the owner and the model was thrilled with how it was received.

“I was so happy with Miss Universe Ireland. It was everything I wanted it to be,” she said. “We leave on Friday to go to New York and then we’re going to Vegas. The competition is on November 26.”

Speaking about Cailin’s demeanour ahead of the competition, Brittany said she is surprised at how calm she is.

“If Cailin is nervous, I haven’t seen it. She’s cool as a cucumber. She’s very focused right now,” Brittany told the Diary.

Miss Universe contestants participate in a swimwear fashion show in Cebu City, central Philippines
Miss Universe contestants participate in a swimwear fashion show in Cebu City, central Philippines

“She’s really surprised me, she’s really proved herself to have this title.”

Cailin (23) had previously tried out for Miss Universe Ireland in 2015 but lost out to Joanna Cooper.

There was no Irish representative in last year’s competition.

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