What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the Miss Universe competition? How will you prepare the contest ?
In previous years Ireland has not had a consistent representation of our pride, I hope that I can be the stepping stone to show the world that Ireland is a country that has strong representation with so many people around the world, we are a nation that is rich in culture from our beautiful national language Gaeilge (Irish) to our stunning history that is embedded in so many countries around the world.
My preparation began from the day after I was crowned and I am honoured to say that Miss Universe Ireland has a strong team that will guide me and help me in preparation for Miss Universe with Media training, Show preparation, Walking classes and so much more. I cannot thank my director Brittany Mason enough for the amazing team she has put together to ensure my experience as Miss Universe Ireland is one that I will cherish.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
In today's society social media plays a HUGE part in every form of business as it is a tool to promote to a large scale of people worldwide. I personally think social media is very advantageous to all contestants as it allows the public to get to know each contestant behind the scenes from following their journey that may not be aired on Miss Universe. I may not have a large social media platform but I am very thankful of the followers I do have as they are loyal and I have great interaction with them.
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Some people think that beauty pageants like Miss Universe are degrading to women. Convince them that they are wrong.
To me pageantry has been a platform for me to grow and learn who I am, I have learned many skills from my director and the Miss Universe Ireland team that I would have never learned if I did not compete. I also find that the people who think that pageants are degrading are people who haven't taken note of all the successful women who have come from pageantry, it is a place for women to feel empowered and ensure that our voice is heard when it comes to topical issues such a mental health, women's rights and so many other issues we face on a worldwide scale.
Your favorite beauty queen ?
Pia Wurtzbach, she is in a league of her own when it comes to pageantry she personifies the ideal candidate to represent the women of the world and I hope that I can follow in her footsteps..
Thanks to Miss Universe Ireland Director Brittany Mason and to the reigning Miss Universe Ireland Cailín Áine Ní Toibín for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Universe pageant.