New Miss Ireland admits 'I'M not afraid to tuck in'
HER predecessors may all be on strict vegan or paleo diets, but newly crowned Miss Ireland Jessica Hayes is a lot more laid back about what she eats.
The Cork native beat 35 other hopefuls on Saturday night and impressed the judges with her tall, slim figure and natural beauty on stage.
Jessica, who won the 2014 pageant after representing popular nightclub Buck Whaleys, told the Herald that although she puts in the time in the gym to maintain her toned body, she's not strict about splurging when it comes to her food intake.
"I work out three times a week, but I eat whatever I want," Jessica said.
And also unlike previous winners, the 20-year-old Assets modelling agency girl is sporting her natural hair and has decided not to venture down the extensions route to add to her glossy mane.
"I put oils in it to keep it healthy and shiny, but that's it."
Jessica, who has taken time out from college to fulfil her role as Miss Ireland over the coming year, admitted she's still in a spin from the weekend result.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic to be honest, because all the girls were so deserving," she said.
Jessica took part in the Miss Ireland competition last year, but failed to make it into the top three. She said that having the experience behind her, it helped with the nerves this time around.
"I felt more confident this year and I knew what to expect so I was more comfortable."
Jessica will represent Ireland at Miss World this November in London.
After being handed her emerald encrusted crown by outgoing Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, Jessica celebrated at Buck Whaleys with owner Richard McDermott, MCs Elaine Crowley and Ray Shah, judges Sarah Morrissey and Aisling O'Loughlin, and TV host Eoghan McDermott.