Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

25 most eligible single females in Northern Ireland

25: Lisa Miller (39)
Belfast businesswoman Lisa Miller opened her salon, Beauty Culture, 10 years ago and is currently based on the Upper Newtownards Road. An award-winning beauty therapist, the bubbly blonde is a former president of the Irish Beauty Professionals Association and sat on the judging panel of the IBPA Beauty Awards for five years. Divorcee Lisa — who says she married too young — is currently single and enjoys travelling and scuba diving in her spare time. She’d love to meet her Mr Right and is a familiar face on the Belfast party circuit.
24: Lorna McSloy (40)
Freelance make-up artist
Lovely Lorna is an expert on looking good. As a full-time make-up artist, she has worked on numerous fashion shoots for magazines such as FHM and has also been drafted in to help out on television dramas and movies like Messiah and Misconception. Among the stars she has made up are Denise Van Outen, Cecelia Ahern, Paul Nichols and Tom Ellis. A former beauty therapist who retrained as a make-up artist, she likes tall men with a sharp sense of dress and her ideal date would be George Clooney or Brad Pitt.
1. Melanie Nocher
Olympic swimmer
We wanted someone who was successful, glamorous and talented — someone who could be a role model in her field. And the woman we decided best ticks all the boxes is Olympic swimmer Melanie Nocher. She may not be as well-known as some of the actresses, models or presenters on our list, but we think Melanie is one to watch. Tall, striking looking, intelligent and at the top of her game, the 21-year-old certainly knows how to make a splash. When told of her success, Melanie said she was “very flattered and surprised”. “It’s not often a sportswoman wins something like this and I’m delighted that it has put the spotlight on swimming.” The Co Down swimmer took up her sport at the age of nine in her local club New Northern, winning her first Ulster championship medal at just 12. One year later she was Irish Open champion in the 200m backstroke. In 2003 she attended her first international swimming competition and in 2008 represented Ireland at the Beijing Olympics. Her goal is to make the Olympics in London in 2012. Melanie’s ideal man is former footballer and model Freddie Llungberg.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with PR boss Cathy Martin, model agent Alison Campbell and male stylist Jason Shankey to compile a list of Northern Ireland’s most eligible female singletons.

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What the panel said about our winners

Alison Campbell

Model agent

We think our list had a good mix of contenders and because everyone on the panel comes from different backgrounds we all brought something different to the table. Melanie is an inspirational and dedicated young woman and Graeme is a sports idol.

Cathy Martin

Public relations boss

We had quite a bit of fun mulling over all the names. It was a mixture of suggestions from friends and family as well as our own thoughts, but it wasn’t easy — we didn’t always agree and discussions got quite heated at times as we had different views on what made a person eligible. However, it was all very light-hearted in the end, and we’d hope that is the spirit in which the readers take it. I certainly had a few ‘what if..?’ moments!

Jason Shankey

Grooming expert

When we started putting the list together we’d no idea how much interest it would provoke. It just goes to show that there are plenty of attractive, interesting, successful singletons out there.

Maureen Coleman

Showbiz correspondent

Drawing up our singletons list was pretty challenging but we’re happy with the outcome. Graeme and Melanie are worthy winners — but we unearthed some great wee gems in people like pharmacist Peter McKee and magazine editor Laure James.

Related: 25 most eligible males

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