October 26th, 2016

Gallery: Babes battle it out to be Sunday World cover girl

Style & ShowbizBy Eugene Masterson

ONE of these beauties will land the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Sunday World cover girl.

While most beauty contests concentrate on everything from height to what a lass looks like in swimwear, Diva Ireland is basically looking for the girl next door.

“There is no height or nationality restriction with our competition,” explains organiser Stephen Saleh.

“We concentrate on photoshoots and what a girl looks like. It is not a pageant, it is Ireland’s number one calendar and cover girl search.”

Among those judging the lovely ladies at the final on January 9 in Club 92 in Leopardstown, Dublin, will be Fair City actress Jenny Dixon (Kerry-Anne) and Big Brother star Jade Lynch, while the host will be Olivia-Tracey Hogan.

More than 300 girls aged between 18 and 30 entered the competition and they have been whittled down to the final 34.

The winner will be a cover girl in the Sunday World Magazine, with lots of modelling prospects as a result. And the top 12 finalists will go on to shoot an exclusive 2016 calendar to be published in the Sunday World.

The finalists include Brigita Ringyte (21), Hayleigh O’Driscoll (19) and Lauren McGrath (19) from Cork; Danielle Geraghty (23) Kildare; Dawn Forsey (19) Waterford; Esther Woods (25) Clare; Helen Doyle (20) and Simona Kalinkaite (30) Laois.

Alina Lishenko (21), Becky Archbold (25), Casey Egan (21), Courtney Murphy (20), Dee Nolan (25), Elizabeth Purdue (23), Emma Comiskey (25), Emma Brierley (22), Michaela Conlon (20), Michelle Nolan (19), Sarah Linehan (21), Saroj Flood (18), Shauna Powell (19), Rachel Duff (25), Saoirse Mulvany (19) and Lauren Morley (24) all hail from Dublin. Then there is Aoife McGreal (22) from Mayo; Martina Carroll (25 )and Róisín Nolan (24) from Galway; Mary Lafferty (27) from Donegal; Meggan Price (18) from Meath; Melissa Lyttle (23) from Antrim; Nicole Rushe (19) from Kilkenny; Rachael Fitzsimons, (19); Runette Hefer (23) from Longford and Simona Sucharova (21) from Westmeath.

PHOTOS BY: TazPhotos