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Jessica ready to take on the best for Miss World

Miss Ireland Jessica Hayes jetted off to London last week to compete at Miss World and is hoping to bring the coveted crown back with her.

The Cork native is sharing a hotel room with Miss Israel Mor Maman and they're staying in a luxurious hotel with views overlooking the Thames river and Tower Bridge.

This year's contest involves a number of different events until December 19, when the new Miss World is crowned.

On Saturday, 124 girls from all across the world competed in a Sports Elimination Challenge and on Wednesday the girls who performed the best will compete in the Sports Challenge finals.

Jessica's few weeks in London will also include a trip to Oxford for a debate and a party cruise on the river Thames.

She is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ireland's only Miss World Rosanna Davison who was crowned in 2003 and she insists she isn't worried about other girls being bitchy.

"I'm definitely not worried about contestants being bitchy," she told the Diary.

"Lots of people would have thought that Miss Ireland would have been like that but it wasn't, all the girls were so lovely.

"It's going to be the same as that except with tougher competition. I'm just looking forward to the whole experience."


When the model won Miss Ireland she experienced some online bullying, but she says it's all part of the job.

"You're always going to get that in this industry. There will always be someone who thinks it's okay to put people down like that and it's so much easier for people to do it online these days," she said.