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Life's a beach Maura Higgins jets off on 'girls trip' with Lucie Donlan to celebrate birthday

The pals are enjoying a sunny holiday in The Maldives

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Maura sitting first class

Maura sitting first class

Maura sitting first class

Maura Higgins has jetted off on a girls trip with fellow Love Island star Lucie Donlan.

The pair have headed to the sunshine following Maura’s split with her ex-boyfriend Giovanni Pernice.

Sharing a snap to Instagram, Maura sat first-class, cosying up for her flight wearing a Balenciaga hoodie with Louis Vuitton sliders, and black shorts. “Last minute birthday trip…” she captioned the image.

Maura is set to celebrate her 31st birthday this week, and will mark the occasion in the Maldives alongside Lucie, and their pal Laura Stanford.

The girls shared stunning pictures of themselves enjoying cocktails by the sea at sunset, swimming in blue oceans and star gazing.

Brunette beauty Maura is celebrating more than just her birthday this week as the Longford woman has also signed a major deal with an international modelling agency.

The former Love Island star signed a contract with Elite Model Management in London, who also represent many high-profile models such as Adriana Lima and Kendall Jenner.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday to reveal the exciting news with a photo inside Elite’s London office, Maura wrote: “Here’s to new beginnings.”

The Longford native told The Sun: “I’m so excited about this new chapter in my life, working in TV alongside modelling has always been one of my biggest passions and I can’t wait to share some of the projects I’m going to be working on.”

A spokesman for the agency added: “We’re thrilled to sign Maura. Elite prides itself on working with a variety of different talents who are at the forefront of their careers.”

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It comes after Maura reportedly left her former management company Off Limits Entertainment in a bid to take her career in a new direction, leaving reality TV behind.

Maura signed up to the company after she appeared on Love Island in 2019, and later that year she appeared on Dancing on Ice.

She has since worked with major brands such as Ann Summers, Inglot, Bellamianta and Boohoo.

With only more modelling roles on the horizon, Maura is not short of things to distract her following her break-up with boyfriend Giovanni Pernice.

The couple called time on their romance in October after just four months of dating.

It has been reported that Pernice was the one to end things, citing his commitment to the BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Rumours began to swirl that they called it quits after they deleted all traces of one another from social media.

Confirming the end of their romance, Giovanni said: “Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrong-doing and this should be the end of any speculation."

“The show has highlighted many important conversations for different communities and increased representation. These are the conversations which deserve the time, energy and recognition.”

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