Tipperary's Laura Doyle has made the final 40 in Miss Bikini Ireland 2018.
A Tipperary woman has made the final 40 in Miss Bikini Ireland 2018 and is dreaming of representing the country at the world finals of Swimsuit USA International Model Search next month.
Ballinure’s Laura Doyle is “unbelievably proud” to be the only Tipperary woman in the final 40. Single-mother Laura says the experience in the contest so far has been “empowering”, praising her family and friends for their support.
She is dreaming of making the Top 5 in Miss Bikini Ireland 2018 and is calling on public to vote for her by texting ‘BIKINI 127’ to 57003 from the Republic of Ireland and to 60999 from Northern Ireland. Texts cost €1.
The winner of Miss Bikini Ireland 2018 will secure a place at the world finals, which take place at Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, from October 22-29.
Laura works at the Left Bank in Kilkenny and is currently enrolled in a hairdressing course in Templemore. She is very much rooted, loving life in the South East, but hopes to one day combine owning her own hair salon with a career in modelling.
Laura is “unbelievably proud” to be representing Tipperary.
“When I saw the Miss Bikini Ireland page on Instagram looking for contestants, I thought it would be a great opportunity to kick-start my career and try something completely different. I kept it hush hush at the start because my parents are old-fashioned and I thought they wouldn’t like to see me in a bikini up on stage and on social media, but they have been very supportive. My daughter, Abbie (5), is loving the whole experience. We dress up in bikinis and swimsuits, messing and having fun,” Laura tells The Nationalist and WaterfordLive.ie.
Laura wants to be a role model for young women across Ireland. “It’s overwhelming to think that I’m the only girl from Tipperary in the Top 40 and I want to make my county proud.
“The whole blogger and influencer phenomenon is everywhere nowadays and it’s great to be able to inspire young women to pursue their dreams. Being a single-mother at 24 drives me! Having a daughter so young, I never thought I would be able to get into modelling or do something like this. It’s a massive achievement for me and I hope it will open up new opportunities in the future,” Laura, a past Scoil Ruáin Killenaule student, smiles.
Laura has taken part in photo shoots and a fitness programme with Miss Bikini Ireland. “It’s all really new to me but I’m loving every minute of it. It was so nerve-wracking the first day I went for a photo shoot with all the girls. I have become more comfortable doing it now and my confidence has grown. It has been such an amazing experience. It’s so much fun, all the girls are lovely and I’ve made friends for life,” Laura adds.
Vote for Laura by texting ‘BIKINI 127’ to 57003 from the Republic of Ireland and to 60999 from Northern Ireland.