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Glamour model Ava meets Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire, on the Virgin Media show

Glamour model Ava meets Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire, on the Virgin Media show

Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire.

Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire.

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Glamour model Ava meets Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire, on the Virgin Media show

It had the potential for a culture clash of epic proportions.

Lorraine O'Connor, a Dublin mother who had converted to Islam in 2005 and was a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire, arrived in full hijab to meet a glamour model on Virgin Media show Eating With the Enemy.

The only flesh on show on her side of the table were on her face and her hands.

Then in walked Ava Van Rose (30) in a figure hugging dress and plunging neckline.

The jet-black haired glamour girl revealed in her own introduction that she had undergone two breast augmentations, liposuction on her back and had "my nose done, my chin done and two Brazilian butt lifts."

"I'm an extreme feminist. Why should we not be able to do what the hell we want with our body?" she said.

The two women from completely different worlds gave not a hint of what was going through their minds. But they got on famously and not a cross word was spoken.

They might not become lifelong penpals but the two women bonded over the way the public immediately perceived them and put them into boxes.

"My first impression of seeing Lorraine was, 'Oh my God, we are going to have nothing in common,'" says Ava.

"First of all, I saw the burka-type thing, the outfit, and I felt she would be quite religious. 'How am I going to have a conversation with this girl? This is not going to work out very well.'

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Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire.

Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire.

Lorraine, a founder member of the Muslim Sisters of Eire.

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"I normally get judged on my outer profile and nothing else. Stereotype is something that happens with me all the time. Mine is a personalised look for my work.

"I've always been the type of person where I was like, 'Don't judge a book by its cover.'

"I'm a person who is constantly being judged but I there and then judged her too.

"This is something I never thought I would do. I hold my hand up and say, 'We all need to take a step back and we all need to understand that everyone is different but we are all the same on the inside.'"

Lorraine too said: "A lot of people don't see me, they see the hijab and they see a foreigner immediately.

"This piece of cloth is so fecking powerful because it's seen as such a threat all over the world. And it's just a piece of cloth."

Lorraine said when she first saw Ava she thought of Marilyn Monroe.

"She is not someone I would meet normally in life. I thought, here comes Marilyn - the big lips, the big eyelashes, the big boobs, everything.

"For someone that has so much exterior - and then sitting facing a Muslim woman who covers - I wondered what way she would think or react.

"I'm in my early 50s now and let me tell you I didn't become a Muslim until I was 40 and I was a very strong Catholic, very much into my beliefs, and had been to Lourdes.

"One thing that took an awful lot for me to get used to was society took my identity from me. I didn't change. I'm still Lorraine who was born in Coolock, I changed my faith, that's all."

Ava, whose real name is Bridget Byrne, revealed over the meal that she once went to bed with an "A-list star" but that didn't seem to shock Lorraine.

Ava said: "He was on tour here and I was given the opportunity to go and meet the crew and we were drinking and it came to the point where I was like, 'I would love to meet the singer.'

"And it was basically put to me, 'Do you want to have sex with him?' I was like, 'Yeah.' I knew going in there that this guy had a girlfriend but I didn't care because it was something I wanted to do."

  • Eating with the Enemy is on Virgin Media One on Wednesday at 9pm.

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