Rejected by supermodel Elle, but model Lisa lands the Miss Universe crown
SHE may not have been Elle MacPherson's cup of tea, but Lisa Madden has been crowned Miss Universe Ireland.
In a break from pageant tradition, organiser Andrea Roche decided not to hold a glitzy crowning ceremony which had become the norm.
Instead, Lisa was crowned the winner after judges held private interviews with the 12 contestants at the Beacon Hotel in Sandyford.
The third year UCC dentistry student was crowned the winner by pageant organiser Andrea Roche, Debbie McQuillan of Vanity X Makeup academy, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, and Miss Universe Ireland 2012 Adrienne Murphy.
The 21-year-old was a former contestant on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model in 2012.
In the TV show, Madden 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.
Although the judges - Elle MacPherson, Julien Macdonald, Whitney Port and Tyson Beckford - criticised her for a lack of versatility, she has enjoyed great success as a model here.
"They said my face was too strong," Lisa said at the time. "I just have strong bone structure and find it hard to soften my face."
The Cork beauty had also previously taken part in The Model Agent on RTE2.
The show followed 12 girls as they competed for a modelling contract.
The 5'10" brunette is signed to Andrea Roche Modelling Agency and will represent Ireland at the final of the Miss Universe in Doral, Miami, on January 25, 2015.
Sinead Duffy from Killiney, Dublin, was first runner up and Rose McGahan, from Meath, was second runner up.
The pageant is the brainchild of US billionaire tycoon Donald Trump and model boss Andrea Roche has owned the rights to the Irish franchise since 2002.
Former Miss Universe Ireland winners include Roz Purcell and Lynn Kelly.