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Don't be ashamed of cosmetic ops, says NI model Rebecca

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/08/2016

Model Rebecca Maguire
Model Rebecca Maguire

Former Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire has opened up about the breast augmentation she underwent last year and said the nation needs to be more honest about cosmetic surgery.

The 24-year-old model from west Belfast revealed that she "went up a couple of sizes" in 2015, but admitted she cannot understand why people lie about going under the knife.

Speaking to the Sunday World, she said: "It doesn't bother me if people know or not. It's what I think that matters.

"People don't want to talk about surgery or the stigma itself, but we get things done every day like Botox or laser treatment.

"There's no point lying about it - we all have eyes."

The former Miss Ireland revealed that the surgery was a personal choice, not one that was done to enhance her modelling career.

"I had been and done the Miss World thing. I did the surgery for me. I only went up a couple of breast sizes because I wanted to look natural," she said. The model previously opened up about the surgery and said the procedure was a decision she made to boost her confidence.

"This is something I had always thought about - it's not for my career at all," she said.

"I was a real tomboy and geeky at my school, St Dominic's Grammar School; a bit of a swot.

"I was very flat-chested in school and I didn't wear a bra until I was in my late teens - and even then there was nothing to fill it with!

"I was teased by friends getting changed for PE - they called me 'No Boobs' and stuff like that. It was a joke with a jag and by the time I was in my 20s, I knew there was a no hope in that area for me!

"Mum was with me every step of the way with my breast augmentation six weeks ago and she was so impressed she's thinking of having one herself.

"She was as flat-chested as I was when she was younger but she filled out a bit after having me and my brother Mitchell (12). Now she and my auntie want exactly the same boobs as me!"

The model was crowned the runner-up of the contest in 2012 but was given the crown after winner Marie Hughes was found to be over the age limit.

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