A NURSE from Limerick has won the title of Miss Bikini Ireland and will be representing the country later this month in Mexico, writes Anne Sheridan.
Judy Fitzgerald, from Limerick city, was crowned Miss BikiniIreland 2014 on Saturday night at the Pery’s Best Western Hotel, where the finals took place. Overcoming competition from 25 other ladies from across Ireland to win the crown, Judy will represent Ireland at the world’s biggest bikini contest Swimsuit USA International 2014 at Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico at the All Inclusive Hard Rock Hotel from November 10-17.
She will complete with contestants from 75 other countries and hopes to win the top prize of $75,000.
The finalists will participate in a week filled with ‘fun in the sun’ excursions, such as swimming with the dolphins, zip-lining, and photo sessions with top photographers from throughout the country. Judy, who works as a general nurse at Mercy University Hospital in Cork, was congratulated on the night by Tallafornia stars Cormac Branagan and Phil Penny.
Now in its third year, the pageant welcomes women aged 17-30 and has fewer restrictions than the Miss Ireland branches of the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. There is no minimum height and tattoos are permitted. In addition to receiving the all-expenses paid trip to Swimsuit USA International 2013 in Mexico, Judy also received a €1,000 voucher from the Make Up Crew Ireland, a €500 Voucher from DK Fashion, a dress for the world finals from DK Fashion worth €1,000, and a photo shoot with Irish photographer Keith Touhey worth €700. “We have many girls who re-compete and we believe this is testament to the organisation of our pageants. For us, organising a fair pageant is one of the most important issues, as the contestants work very hard for the final and we ultimately want the most suitable candidates to send to Swimsuit USA International 2014,” said the organisers.