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Aoife's got her heart set on art

She may be one of our most recognisable models, but Aoife Cogan believes her future lies in conquering the art world.

The former Miss Ireland is hoping to hold the first exhibition of her work before the end of the year.

And she has been getting plenty of advice from well-known names in the art world including Gearoid Hayes and artist-turned-shoe designer Nina Devito.

"I got a few commissions over Christmas so I've been busy working on them," she explained. "I'm hoping to exhibit before the end of the year.

"My style is modern, it's pop-art. I paint with chopsticks, it's kind of like a comic strip so I'd have to pick a venue to suit it. I'm not sure where yet, I've a few ideas.

"Nina Devito was saying to me to go down to her studio and she kind of offered to help me when it comes to exhibiting because that's a whole new area for me."

The blonde beauty is adamant she won't be hanging up her stilettos just yet however.

"I'll model for as long as they want me and then I'll hopefully concentrate on the art. I think I've another few years left in me yet," she laughed.

Aoife also revealed her excitement at being nominated alongside her rugby beau Gordon D'Arcy for Most Stylish Couple at this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards on Friday, March 25.

They are set to go head-to-head with Gordon's teammate on the pitch, Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman, as well as other big names including Nicky and Georgina Byrne.

"Depending on how I'm fixed workwise, I'll definitely go if I can," Aoife told the Diary. "I go every year so I can't wait for it, it's always a good night and a good opportunity to catch up with all the girls.

"I'm still looking [for an outfit] I got my dress in Covet last year, the girls are lovely in there."

Aoife was speaking last night at an exclusive fashion show at Brown Thomas to launch up and coming designer Zoe Jordan's new range in Ireland.