A 20-year-old trainee teacher from Newbridge came third in a bid to represent Ireland in the next Miss Universe competition, writes Paula Campbell.
Sarah McDermot from Walshestown Park in Newbridge represented the Court Hotel in Naas in the Miss Universe Ireland qualifier, which was held in Ballsbridge in Dublin on November 2 last.
“I came third,” said Sarah. “I was delighted. I wouldn’t have expected to win it though my family and friends thought I might.”
The trainee primary school teacher, has a self confessed interest in modelling and this was her first time entering a beauty competition at this level.
“I have always had a big interest in modelling,” she said.
“When the opportunity came up to apply for this I jumped at it.
“I would definitely go in for it again and I would love to do some modelling work.”
The former Holy Family school pupil said the experience was overall a good one.
“On the day we were interviewed by the judges including Andrea Roche,” she added.
“They asked about our interests and hobbies and I wore three different dresses. I anticipated that it might be a tough environment but it was really nice and I made friends with some of the girls.
“You do need self confidence to enter but some of the girls said it also gave them confidence especially the quieter, younger girls who were 17 or 18. I was delighted coming third, it was a great experience.”