Simon Zebo's long-term girlfriend Elvira Fernandez vying for Miss Bikini Ireland crown
The model girlfriend of Irish rugby star Simon Zebo is among is battling it out in the Miss Bikini Ireland pageant this year.
Elvira Fernandez (25), who has two children - Jacob (two) and Sofia (nine months) - with the Munster player, will be vying for the crown at the competition later this year.
No stranger to life in front of the camera, Elvira worked as a model in her native Spain and said her other half understands bikini modelling is part of her job.
"Simon knew I was modelling in Spain before I came to live in Ireland," she told the Sunday World. "Simon is fine with me doing it, he knew I was a model, both the pros and cons.
"All my work was in Spain. Most of the stuff I did was for designers, clothes and swimwear."
It marks her first high profile modelling gig in Ireland since moving here nearly four years ago to be with Zebo (27), who she first met when they were both teenagers.
Elvira, who graduated from University College Cork (UCC) last year with a degree in law, is hoping her modelling career will take off, saying: "I want to enter the competition to get seen by people, to see if I can get more opportunities n the modelling industry. I've tried a few model agencies, but none have really come back."
The mother-of-two isn't the only model other half hell bent on a catwalk career - Rob Kearney's girlfriend Jess Redden signed a modelling contract with Andrea Roche two years ago.