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THE BIZ; The ugly truth about modelling, by Niamh; IT'S IRELAND'S HOTTEST SHOWBUSINESS COLUMN.

When Niamh Redmond lines up in the Miss World contest next Saturday, thousands of young Irish girls will be dreaming of following in her footsteps.

But the dazzling Miss Ireland has a message for all the wannabes: "Watch your step."

Niamh, in her rise to the top, has come across some unsavoury characters ready to take advantage of gullible girls desperate to succeed in the competitive world of beauty contests and modelling.

Nineteen-year-old Niamh, with a wise head on young shoulders, was sufficiently wary to give the rogues a wide berth.

But she is worried that some impressionable girls may be too starstruck to realise the pitfalls facing wannabes.

She said: "When I first got involved in modelling I came across a few agencies which I thought were a bit dodgy.

"You would want to be careful and have your head screwed on. Take advice from people who know.

"If you want to get into modelling I would say there are only two or three good agencies in Dublin. You should go to them and they will tell you whether you are any good or not."

Almond-eyed Niamh, who wore thick spectacles and a frizzy perm until she was 14, has captivated the Irish modelling world this year with her nine stone, size-10 figure.

Niamh, a non-smoker who seldom eats fast food - preferring to drink lots of water - is tipped by many to walk away with the Miss World title in India next week.

Even if she doesn't, the 5ft 10ins beauty from Drimnagh, Dublin, could still strike it rich.

A finance student at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, she has plans to work on New York's Wall Street.

So don't be surprised if share dealing on the Dow Jones Index reaches fever pitch...


charity spirit rocks it

to John

Rocker John Donohue claims guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has sent him a special ease the suffering in war-torn Zaire. Now John is looking for black singers to help him make a Christmas CD to raise funds for refugees fleeing from fighting in the central African state. John, 50, who once managed Brush Shields and Skid Row, lives by gigging around pubs in Westmeath and Longford. He released an album, Living In The Moment, last year after his partner, psychic Patricia Hesnen, says she contacted Hendrix from beyond the grave. Patricia, 47, from Mullingar's Oisin Healing Centre, said: "Hendrix is again advising John to launch a record to help the suffering in Africa." She says Jimi told her that more than one million lives are at stake and the world must act. She added: "Jimi helps not only with lyrics but also guitar-playing and John feels his presence around the stage."

Brookside actress Rachel Lindsay is searching for a dream home in Co Kerry. The Liverpool soap star, who last week partied in top Dublin nightclub Lillie's Bordello, says she wants a cottage overlooking Inch Strand. Rachel told me: "I love Ireland. I try to get over as much as possible. You know how to party here. My dream is to live in Kerry."



Hollywood sisters Patte and Randa Starr - psychics to actors and rockers - are coming to Ireland to make a documentary.

They want to interview Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Enya, Maureen O'Hara and Bono for their TV programme, The 12 Spiritual Secrets Of Beverly Hills.

Randa Starr, who once worked for San Francisco's mayor and lectures all over the world, told The Biz from Hollywood: "Our TV series directed by former BBC producer David Naylor is our personal spiritual odyssey.

"In fact, people call it a spiritual postcard from Beverly Hills. It is a breezy insider's view of Hollywood and its film community. It features accounts by superstars who are seeking something more out of life."

Sting begins the first of his three concerts from the Mercury Falling Tour in Dublin's Point Theatre tonight. Def Leppard play there on Wednesday.


doing it his way...

Ageless crooner Dickie Rock is trying to boost romance in Ireland with his smoochy new CD You Must Remember, which contains 42 of the most lasting love songs. Dickie, who has long been compared to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, said: "I want to bring romance back into music. I want the kids to enjoy love songs and give their ears a break from the disco beat." Dubliner Dickie was a national favourite when he fronted the Miami Showband, and was mobbed after his cracking performance in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest. Now, backed by a hot jazz combo, the showband sex symbol has launched the best album of his long career.

Father Ted star Pauline McLynn, who plays housekeeper Mrs Doyle in the TV comedy, portrays a dubious Ninth Century virgin on RTE Radio 1's An Evening With Blessed Breda on Tuesday. Pauline's Father Ted role is tipped to win her the Best Comedy Actress title in the British TV Comedy Awards.

Super -rich U2 drummer Larry Mullen was recently on the town with Commitments star Johnny Murphy when he decided to help out behind the bar of Dublin's Adams Trinity Hotel, a favourite of soccer stars Shay Given and Jeff Kenna.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:White, Declan
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 17, 1996
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