Amy aims to win Miss Bikini title
A Mullingar woman who aspires to be a model says the confidence that comes with age has helped her earn a place in the finals of the Miss Bikini Ireland competition.
Amy Clyne, who turned 28 on October 5, is a full-time nail technician who “would love to be a model”.
Amy told the Westmeath Examiner that people have been asking her why she entered the competition, and she said: “The truth is modelling has always been something I dreamed of doing.
“When I was around 11, I remember begging my parents to sign me up to this online model agency where you had to pay a fee. They did, but in the end it turned out to be a scam where they took your money and you never heard from them again.
“I was quite shy growing up even though I really wanted to be a model. When I was 18 I entered a similar competition, called Miss Planet Beach, but I didn’t get through to the final and I was disheartened.
“I was too young and lacked the confidence needed for the modelling industry. For me, confidence is definitely something that has come with age.
“Ten years later and here I am, a finalist in Miss Bikini Ireland. I am loving the journey so far and would love to continue on to the world finals of Swimsuit USA.”
Amy is active and keeps busy. In the evenings after work, she trains at Club Active Mullingar and this summer she took up boxing at Mullingar Elite Boxing Club.
“I signed up for a white collar event for charity which the club set up to raise funds for my friend’s daughter, who has cancer and needed further treatment in Germany.
“We did eight weeks of tough training and then had a fight in the Greville Arms Hotel – that was a great experience! I loved the boxing so I kept it up to keep fit.”
She says winning Miss Bikini Ireland and competing in the world finals in Mexico would be a once in a lifetime experience.
“Plus the opportunities that would come after it would be amazing,” said Amy.
“My sponsor for the competition is local business SJF Productions. I couldn’t ask for better sponsor. Sarah [Foster] is so enthusiastic and passionate about her job. She has helped promote me throughout the whole competition by making a promo video and doing all sorts of photoshoots.”
Publicity is part of the competition and Amy is calling on the public to vote for her online when the promoters put photos of the finalists on their Facebook page. The girl that gets most likes will go through to the top five and have a better chance of winning the overall title.
“Voting starts this Thursday, October 10, so I need all the support I can get!” said Amy.
The top prize is an all expenses paid trip to the world finals of Swimsuit USA International, for nine days, and the chance of winning a prize worth $80,000 (swimsuitusa.net).