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I'm going to be Ireland's Pammy.. but my boobs are all my own.

Byline: JENNY FRIEL

PLAYBOY beauty Tammy Murtagh yesterday revealed her dream to be the very first Irish Playmate of the Year.

The 20-year-old reckons she could be our answer to Hollywood star Pamela Anderson - a former Playgirl herself.

But the model told the Irish Mirror: "The difference is that my boobs are 100 per cent real."

Gorgeous Tammy, whose vital statistics are 34-28-34, is already well on the way to stardom.

This month she is cover girl on a special Irish version of Playboy magazine, featuring several models from Dublin to Belfast.

Now she is set to travel to Los Angeles in the hope of finding an agent who will make her famous.

Tammy, from Swords, Dublin, said: "A lot of people tell me I'm the next Pamela Anderson, but I'm not comparing really myself to her.

"She isn't real whereas I'm completely natural. It's all me that you see."

Tammy was in Easons bookstore in O'Connell Street, Dublin, signing copies of the Celtic Beauties edition of Playboy's Book of Lingerie.

She said: "I'm really happy with the photos, I think I look different in all of them, which will be really good for my career.

"Everyone on the shoot was really nice, they were so professional and it's been such fun doing the all of the promotions - the rest of the girls are lovely."

And the hard-working model has the full support of her parents, Christina, 40 and John, 42.

She said: "They're behind me all the way, they've always supported me in everything I've done and it's the same with the Playboy stuff.

"I don't have any problem going topless - everyone sunbathes topless these days, so what's the difference?

"Loads of women would love to get on the front of a magazine, I've done it and I'm really happy about that."

But Tammy won't be baring all when she goes to the US next week.

She said: "Posing for photos completely nude is a personal decision but it's something I would never do.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with them but it's not right for me."

Tammy always knew she would end up working in some kind of performance-based work.

She added: "I never liked nine to five jobs, they just didn't suit me.

"But I've been dancing and acting since I was tiny."

And she revealed her sultry good looks are partly due to her Italian background.

She said: "My dad's half Italian. His mum came over from Italy in the 1940's during the war and she married an Irishman - it's a really romantic story."

But Tammy isn't revealing if she has a special man in her own life for the moment.

"I want to keep that kind of stuff private, I think it's better that way."

Tammy's mum, granny Bella and sister Kristele, 14, were all at the book signing yesterday to lend their support.

Christina said: "I'm so proud of her, we're all behind her 100 per cent.

"I think the photos were very tastefully done.

"But the main thing is that she's happy with them - that's what matters."

Bella was overwhelmed with the crowds who had turned up to see the Irish Playboy models.

She said: "There are so many people here, but I'm not surprised, she looks absolutely gorgeous."

Tammy flies out to LA next Thursday to try to break into the American market.

She said: "I've had a few offers already and things look really good.

"When I get over there Playboy are going to put me up.

"I'm going to try to sort out a manager over there as well, there aren't any here in Ireland at all.

"There might be a few more Playboy shoots as well, which would be great.

"I'll be doing promotional stuff over there, especially around St Patrick's Day. But what I'd really love is to get back into acting.

"So when I'm over there I'm going to look into maybe having a go at being a presenter on MTV.

"I've never been over to America before so I'm really excited about it.

"Only time will tell what's going to happen, but I have a really good feeling about it all - I'm pretty sure it's all going to work out."

Appearing in the Irish Playboy special with Tammy are 15 other beauties from around the country, North and South.

There's blonde Sharon Reilly from Belfast, and gorgeous Catherine Kennedy from Dublin.

Sultry Virginia Thomas and flame-haired Sharon Treacy from Dublin each strike a pose for the magazine.

Models Orla Mullally, Sinead Gallagher and Laura McGuiness feature alongside Claire Monahan, a second year UCD student.

Aoife Rogers, Melani Abrandes and Gwendolyn Wilson all look stunning in their racy underwear.

Olivia Longmore is from Dublin and Michelle Fitzgerald, 21, comes from Tipperary.

Niamh Colgan reveals all in the magazine, and 21-year-old Alice Regan, from Clontarf, Dublin, said she had a ball posing for the shoot.

She added: "I've no regrets about it. I just did it for the fun and the experience of it all."

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