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Lisa Madden from the Old Mallow Road in Cork who was the overall winner at Miss Universe Ireland

Lisa Madden from the Old Mallow Road in Cork who was the overall winner at Miss Universe Ireland

Lisa Madden from the Old Mallow Road in Cork who was the overall winner at Miss Universe Ireland

She beat off thousands of model hopefuls to make it to the finals of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, and now Lisa Madden is eyeing up the GAA pitch.

She has picked up the crown for Miss Universe Ireland and will represent the country in Miami in January.

The 21-year-old (pictured) was a former contestant on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model in 2012.

In the show, she survived 12 tasks and made it to the last four before she was eliminated by the judges following a tough week of shooting on a Canadian lake.

Coaching

But although she survived one very tough reality show, Lisa said she would love to brush up on her coaching skills on Celebrity Bainisteoir.

"My dad's dream would be for me to do Celebrity Bainisteoir - I think he would have me out training in two weeks' time," she said.

"He's just obsessed with the sport and he thinks that's the best thing ever."

Lisa said she is inspired by former Miss Universe Ireland finalist Roz Purcell who previously appeared on Celebrity Bainisteoir.

"I think everything she has done is just so classy and professional and I'd love to be like that," she said.

Former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, RTE presenter Baz Ashmawy and journalist Nell McCafferty have all made their mark on the GAA manager reality show.

Lisa, who is in preparation mode for the Miss Universe finals in the US in just over two months' time, believes that her grounding on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model will stand to her when it comes to the pageant.

She said that being with a group of girls was a challenge.

"I live at home, I have one brother. I'm not used to being surrounded by loads of girls 24 hours seven days a week," she said.

"With Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model I just knew there were some days that I had to take my time alone and there were others that I was fine.

"I think what I have learned is that you just stay away from the drama.

"It would ruin the experience if you got caught up in it and I wouldn't be into that kind of thing - I wouldn't be into the whole bitchy side of things.

"I think the best thing to do is just enjoy it and if you do need time away then take your time away and cool down and then go back out.

On Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model the judges - Elle MacPherson, Julien Macdonald, Whitney Port and Tyson Beckford - criticised Lisa for a lack of versatility.

But she has enjoyed great success as a model here.

"They said my face was too strong," she said at the time. "I just have strong bone structure and find it hard to soften my face."

The Cork dentistry student also said she thinks the beauty pageant is positive for women.

"I think Miss Universe promotes women in a really healthy way," she told the Herald.

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