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Crowns, Tiaras and Photoshoots: Ireland's Top 7 Beauty Queens


Ireland has many things to be proud of – and one of them is the bevy of beauties we have produced.

From Rosanna Davison to Roz Purcell and Aoife Walsh, Ireland’s beauty queens have shown they are much more than just pretty faces.

From modelling careers to book deals and TV shows, these girls do it all.


1. Aoife Walsh

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Aoife was crowned Miss Ireland in 2013.

The Tipperary native beat out hopefuls from across the country to take home the crown and take part in Miss World.

Since the competition, Aoife has remained in the spotlight thanks to campaigns with the likes of Newbridge Silverware and now she’s one of Ireland’s top models.


2. Holly Carpenter

Nicola Hughes & Holly Carpenter at Urban Decay

Holly first made a name for herself when won Miss Ireland in 2011.

The Dubliner was soon a fixture on the celeb scene and regularly popped up in the press due to her relationship with Lleinster player Cian Healy.

Holly was a contestant on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model in 2013 and now continues to model and runs a successful blog.


3. Rosanna Davison

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Arguably Ireland’s most famous beauty queen, Rosanna Davison was the first and only Irish woman to win Miss World.

The Wicklow native was just 19 years old when she took home the crown in China and spent the next year modelling all over the world.

Rosanna continues to have a successful modelling career and has recently transitioned into writing with her bestselling book Eat Yourself Beautiful.


4. Roz Purcell

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Another one of Ireland’s biggest beauty queens, Roz won Miss Universe Ireland in 2010 and competed in Miss Universe the same year.

The model was one of the hot favourites to win the competition and although she didn’t take home the crown, she finished in a very respectable 7th place.

Roz is now focusing on her health career and runs a hugely successful blog and recently released her first book Natural Born Feeder.


5. Jessica Hayes

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One of the more recent wins, Jessica nabbed the Miss Ireland crown in 2014.

The Cork native competed for the Miss World crown in South Africa the same year and although she didn’t take home the gold, she did her nation proud.


6. Joanna Cooper


Another recent winner, Joanna Cooper was crowned Miss Universe Ireland in 2015.

Although she didn’t win Miss Universe, she was one of the favourites and did her nation proud.

During the competition, the Derry native admitted she had previously been turned down for modelling jobs because of her height – we have a feeling that won’t be happening anymore.


7. Aoife Cogan

Guests arrive at the VIP Style Awards 2012 at The Shelbourne Hotel

After being approached by Irish publisher Michael O’Doherty to enter Miss Ireland in 2010, Aoife wasn’t too sure she wanted to be involved.

However, Aoife ended up winning the competition and has since gone on to get hitched to rugby player Gordon D’Arcy.

The happy couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Soleil, last year.