My idol Amanda told me to keep on modelling -- Miss Ireland Holly
MISS Ireland Holly Carpenter has revealed that top Irish presenter Amanda Byram has advised her to focus on her modelling career.
The beauty queen recently turned to the Total Wipeout host for advice and Holly says Amanda advised her to stay in the spotlight for as long as possible.
University student Holly (20) found out last week that she will be handing over her Miss Ireland crown three months earlier than expected, as Miss World will now take place in August instead of November.
With her reign coming to a premature end, Holly says she is torn between returning to her textiles degree in NCAD and quitting her course to pursue a full-time modelling career.
Speaking to the Diary, Holly -- who says she would love to follow in former model Amanda's footsteps -- said the BBC presenter advised her to try to focus on her career in the media.
"I love Amanda Byram, I really look up to her, because I would love a successful career in the media too. I met her last week when we were doing a photo call for sports relief in Belfast and I asked her for advice about my career."
Holly is now considering deferring the final three years of her course in NCAD.
"I have three years left in my course so it's a long time to be out of the spotlight. And I think she's right, once I hand over the crown I need to focus on making a name for myself.
"Amanda is doing everything I would love to do in my career, she gave me some genuine advice," she said.
Ambitious Holly, who is currently in talks to star in this year's Celebrity Salon, added that she hopes to use her contacts in the fashion industry to help design her own clothing line.