Miss Derry, Katie McAuley, who finished third in the Miss Ireland competition, has been told that “it was a mistake” to award her the title of Miss Vita Liberata.
Despite the set back Katie is on the verge of a “massive break” according to her management. They confirmed that Miss Derry is to meet with Andrea Roche of Assets Modelling agency with a view toward signing.
The Miss Ireland pageant hit the headlines after the winner, Miss Mayo, Máire Hughes, was stripped of the crown only 48 hours after the final.
Ms Hughes, was told she was ‘too old’ to contest the Miss World finals and her title was revoked. Miss Derry, Katie McAuley was then promoted to runner up in the Miss Ireland competition meaning she is on ‘stand by’ for the Miss World finals. However the model and student nurse was also told there had been a “mistake” in awarding her the Miss Vita Liberata title and tanning company modelling contract.
The Waterside girl was described as “distraught” by her father, Adrian, who said: “My daughter had come third in Miss Ireland and was also Miss Vita Liberata.
“By Monday everything just descended into a black hole. This week she should have been celebrating but instead she has spent the entire week unwell.
“Katie has kept her dignity throughout all of this despite the fact she just got a text from the company saying that there had been a mistake,” said Mr McAuley.
Miss Ireland organiser Seán Montague said: “This was a separate competition run by Vita Liberata, the tan sponsor, and nothing to do with Miss Ireland.”