Miss Ireland bosses are planning to “phase out” bikinis from the annual competition.
Organisers want all contestants to feel comfortable in the pageant, which was won by Aoife Walsh (above) last year.
Last year, the swimwear section was removed when Miss World took place in Bali, in order to respect local traditions.
Now Sean Montague, who runs Miss Ireland, insists they would never force any contestant to wear a bikini.
He told the Herald: “We would never enforce that on any of the girls and we wouldn’t want them to feel comfortable.
“We wouldn’t want them to feel under any pressure to strip off.”
Miss Ireland – which is in its 67th year – previously discovered Rosanna Davison who is the only Irish woman to win Miss World.