Jenny Hesse will represent Waterford at Miss Ireland 2018.
A Kilkenny woman is 'shocked but over the moon' after being crowned Miss Waterford 2018 at Club Creation in Dungarvan on Saturday night.
Mooncoin's Jenny Hesse plans to use the Miss Ireland platform to get involved in charity work and become a model.
Jenny moved to Ireland from Berlin 11 years ago and is going into second year Biochemistry at University College Cork.
Sponsored by Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort, the 19-year-old will represent Waterford at Miss Ireland 2018, while runners up Lydia Grant and Clara Mannion will compete at the Miss Ireland semi-finals.
Speaking to Waterford Live moments after being crowned Miss Waterford 2018, Jenny said: "I didn't expect to win Miss Waterford at all. This was my first experience doing something like this. I'm so happy though to be part of this with such great girls and it was so nice to meet them all".
Jenny is proud to fly the flag for Waterford at Miss Ireland 2018. She admitted that the chance to get involved in charity work pushed her to enter the competition. "I am over the moon. I have always wanted to get into modelling so it's a great opportunity, but learning about what the competition really means made me get involved.
"It's about beauty with a purpose, it's not just a beauty pageant, and I am going to use this platform to do loads of charity work, represent Waterford and give back to the community," Jenny smiled.
10 "fantastic and beautiful girls" took part in Miss Waterford 2018, which was judged by Miss Cork 2017 Tara O'Leary, Hi Magazine Male Model of the Year Patrick McLoughney and Club Creation marketing manager Jordan Daly. The event was organised by David Kelleher and Amy Barry of Pulse Models.
Had so much fun judging Miss Waterford 2018 last night Thank you to @clubcreation1 for hosting us thank you to @littlewoodsirl for the striking blue V by Very suit I’m wearing and a huge congratulations to the stunning winner @jennyhesse98 _ who moves on to @missirelandorg in September #misswaterford2018 #misswaterford #missireland #missireland2018 #judge #vbyvery #littlewoodsirl #iammcloughney