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Saturday 24 August 2019

Voice contestant Laura among Miss Ireland hopefuls

Miss Dublin West Laura Doyle
Miss Dublin West Laura Doyle

Fans of The Voice of Ireland might recognise one of the faces among the Miss Ireland hopefuls this year.

Wearing the Miss Dublin West sash is Laura Doyle.

In 2016, she was on Team Kian when the Westlife star took a chance on her for the RTE show.

The 22-year-old made it through to the live shows but was booted off before the final.

However, she has dusted herself off and is ready for her first foray into the pageant world.

"When you get voted off a show like that, your confidence does go down, but this year I said I'd try something new and just go for it," she told the Herald.

She might be new to the world of beauty queens, but as an Irish dancer since the age of four, Laura said she is used to a bit of glamour.

"I'm used to being all dressed up, Irish dancing is glitz and glam as well as everything else," she said.

"And I 100pc got a lot of my confidence from competing every weekend - I'm used to being on the stage."

She currently works as a receptionist with Peter Mark, and said they could not be more supportive of her ambitions.

Idols

As for who her idols are, Laura named Suzanne Jackson, Marissa Carter and former Miss World Rosanna Davison.

However, a Playboy cover shoot is off the cards for the gorgeous redhead.

"I wouldn't mind doing a bikini shoot, but it wouldn't be for me. Each to their own, and I wouldn't bash anyone who wanted to do that - fair play for having the confidence," she said.

The competition also requires contestants to raise funds for chosen charity Variety Ireland.

This Sunday at the Red Cow Inn, Laura will host a fashion show as part of her "beauty with a purpose".

Meanwhile, there are four other women who are flying the flag for Dublin - Miss Dublin North, Dublin Central, Dublin City and Dublin South.

Megan Hurley (19), who is Miss Dublin North, was encouraged to enter by current Miss Ireland Aoife O'Sullivan.

She met Aoife when they took part in a Battle of the Stars fundraiser for Breast Cancer Ireland, with her mum Aisling the CEO of the charity.

The Miss Ireland final takes place in the Helix on September 14.

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