Saturday 16 December 2017

Irish beauties

Rosanna Davison was just a humble, 19-year-old UCD student and daughter of a millionaire pop star when she won Ireland's first Miss World title in Sanya, China in 2003.

As dad Chris de Burgh and mum Diane watched from the audience, Rosanna was crowned the world's most beautiful woman in front of a TV audience of more than one billion.

This year, Ireland North and South will be represented in the final 25 competing for the famous tiara.

Waterford's Emma Britt Waldron, who has won the Miss World talent section with her violin-playing, will stand alongside Ulster girl Lori Moore, who triumphed in the Miss World Sportswoman 2010 event.

Lori, a 19-year-old student and the first black Miss Northern Ireland, saw off her competitors in a range of events including the long jump (which she won), swimming and running.

"I'm a triple jumper, so I hoped to do well in the long jump," said Lori after winning the title.

"I'm glad I could stand up to the strong competition in the other events and come through with the medal. I'm in the final! I can't believe this!"

Both Irish Misses have already spent four weeks in China, rising at 5am most mornings to compete in preliminary rounds and various promotional events.

Irish Independent

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