Irish model wins the ‘Mr World’ crown in Korea
We may have been placed a measly 16th in a recent poll of the best-looking people in the world — but that rating hasn't stopped Ireland from winning Mr World in Korea this weekend.
Irish model Kamal Ibrahim beat off stiff competition from 73 other contestants to be named “the world's most desirable man''.
The triumph follows Ireland's sensational win in 2004 when Rosanna Davison brought home the crown for Miss World.
The tanned, chiselled model, who is employed by b scene — The Agency, stole the show at the star-studded event at Incheon, Korea, and walked away with $50,000 (£33,437) and the opportunity of lucrative contracts.
Kamal, who despite his exotic name was born and bred in Limerick, was supported by his mother Roma and his father Abdul.
Although he doesn't have typical Irish rogue good looks, his sculpted physique and dark-brown eyes helped him secure the coveted title. Speaking of his delight this weekend, Sean Montague co-owner of b scene — The Agency said Ireland should be proud of the win.
“We're absolutely delighted. A barman in Limerick, Ken O'Connell, who owns Old Quarter pub, paid for his flights for the final, so it really was a case of everyone chipping together to get him there and give him a good shot at the title,” he said.
“It just goes to show. We may need influences from other cultures — Kamal is half Italian — but we did it. This is his shot now to make the money while he can.”