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Rebecca's all set to leave her rivals reeling as she steps up bid for crowning glory

MISS Ireland Rebecca Maguire (20) will be dancing a jig to win over judges at the Miss World competition.

The reigning beauty queen will wear a traditional Irish dancing costume for the talent section of the hotly contested competition.

Rebecca began training with All-Ireland champion dancer James McDonnell in a bid to wow judges with some traditional Irish dancing.

The 5ft 10in, size 8 pharmacy student jetted out of Ireland last week with three suitcases of luggage as she geared up to start her five-week trip to China and arrived into the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia.

She revealed how she's believes it will be "an experience of a lifetime" and says she can't wait to meet everyone competing in the contest.

"I'm getting on great, so far, it's been fab," she said. Rebecca added how it has been a long-time ambition of hers to compete in the beauty pageant and she is glad she didn't give up at the first hurdle. She replaced Maire Hughes as the Miss Ireland title holder after the Miss Mayo entrant was deemed ineligible as a result of her age and Rebecca was thrilled to step into her shoes.

"I was scouted by a model scout while I was collecting money and raising awareness for an amazing charity that I have been involved with for three years called the Pretty 'n' Pink breast cancer charity. From then I worked as a model and from watching Miss World as a child it was always a dream for me to take part in the pageant and I entered Miss Ireland.

"The first year I entered I came second, but decided to never give up on my dream and I tried again and now I am thrilled to say I am Miss World Ireland and I can't wait to represent my country this year at Miss World," she continued.

She said the past few years have taught her to "never give up on your dreams". "Always strive to be the best you can be. If things don't work out how you want, learn from your mistakes and you will become a better person," she continued.



Designer

A self-confessed style fan, she's also hoping that her designer wardrobe of customised clothes from labels including Fran & Jane will help her stand out from crowd over in China.

"From a young age, I have been obsessed with fashion, and I would like to think I have my own unique sense of style. My favourite things are scarves and shoes, and I think key pieces can always glam up or dramatically change an outfit.

"I love to support local design talent and my Miss World final dress is being made by the amazing Dawn Fitzgerald from Dublin," she added.

mfinn@herald.ie