Nineteen year old Belinda Kiernan from Aughnacilffe in north Longford has made it through the qualifying rounds of the Face Of Ireland competition to become one of the final 25 contestants. Belinda, who lives with her mother Bridget, is representing Co Longford in this prestigious pageant.
A former student of Mercy Convent in Ballymahon, Belinda said she was surprised to find herself in the finals of the competition.
. “It’s not just about modelling. It’s been such a confidence building process and I met so many wonderful people, I never thought that I would make it to the final and I just can’t wait” she confessed.
While celebrating its fifth anniversary, this Face Of Ireland is a powerful launching pad for aspiring models to exhibit their potential and establish important contacts.
“It’s a great way to build up a modelling portfolio and I really think that no girl should miss out on such an opportunity.” Belinda argued. “The semi final took place in Sligo July 3rd and it was an amazing night. We were styled by a professional called Siobhan McCormack and the Salon 5 hairdressers did our hair” she reminisced.
The competition’s annual search for Ireland’s most natural beauty entitles the winner with the honour of being an official representative of the company as Managing Director Brian Cunningham explains. “The winner becomes the Face Of Ireland both in Ireland and abroad. In addition to them attending social functions, they’ll travel to New York to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve always had a strong interest from the midland region but this is the 1st year that we have had a Longford finalist”.
Brian continued by charting the extraordinary advancements the competition has made in terms of interest and profile. “When the competition was in its first year, we received 298 applications. This year we have 29,000 girls applying. That just shows the progress we’ve made”.
The announcing ceremony of the winner will be held in Moran’s Hotel (one of the sponsors) in Dublin on 15th October and Lisa Cannon, from Xposè, has been confirmed as the presenter. Brian affirmed that the ongoing theme of enjoyment is all the more prevalent this year. “We just want the girls to have fun. Times are difficult for everyone so it’s vital that everyone enjoys themselves”.
Belinda is a noted Irish dancer and will be performing a dance routine as her talent on the night of the final. “I’m really grateful to everyone that has supported me throughout the competition and I want to extend a special thanks to Fifth Avenue Salon for doing my hair and nails, they were fantastic” Belinda concluded.