Saturday 23 March 2019

Handbags at dawn as model agencies battle to sign Sinead

Dublin's top model agencies are battling to sign new Miss Ireland Sinead Noonan.

But the Diary can reveal how the 21-year-old beauty has yet to make up her mind -- almost three weeks after her big win.

Sinead has met all the major Dublin agencies, including Bscene and Compton's, but has still not made a final decision.

In other years, the new Miss Ireland automatically signed with Assets agency, with previous beauty queens, such as Aoife Cogan and Sarah Morrissey, some of the biggest names on their books.

But after this year's revamp, under the auspices of Miss Ireland supremo Krishna Naidoo, Sinead is free to sign up with whomever she wants.

And the gorgeous drama graduate, who launched the Samaritans summer fundraiser this morning, said picking the right agency is vital if she wants to pursue her long-term dream of Hollywood stardom.

Citing actress Halle Berry as her role model, she said she would love to tread the boards in a few years time.

"Krishna and I are looking for the right agency at the moment," she told the Diary.

"I'm into acting as well so I want somewhere that can help me in that direction and kick-start my career. We will pick one soon but I want to make sure I'm with the right one.

"Modelling is pretty new to me but I'm looking forward to getting a few acting roles. That's what I want to do long-term and Hollywood is my ultimate goal. My favourite actress is Halle Berry because she was a beauty queen herself."

And in good news for all her male fans, Sinead also revealed that she's on the market.

"I am definitely single at the moment. I'm just so busy at the moment and focused on my career," she continued.

She has thrown herself into her new role as the 2008 title holder with a glitzy eight-page shoot at the K Club for social

magazine RSVP this week.

"I got a real adrenalin rush from that," she revealed. "I got my hair and make-up done and the clothes, from Lipsy, were gorgeous. I really enjoyed the whole day," she added.

Meanwhile, preparations for the Miss World pageant continue. She said: "I've never been so busy. I'm flying to Kiev on September 5 and I'll be there for five weeks. Irish designer Fiona Whyte has designed two of my ball gowns and I have a fitting on Sunday so everything's going great."

Other than that, winning the Irish title has made no difference to her life.

"You could be intimidated because you're worried what people will think of you but I firmly believe that you should just be yourself."

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