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A beauty queen has slammed "outdated" rules after a contestant pulled out due to regulations that ban competitors from taking part if they have a child.
The current Miss Ireland backed the stance of fellow would-be beauty queen Blue Scannell who opted to pull out of the running after she questioned the rules that require entrants to have never been married or have given birth.
Chelsea Farrell, the current holder of the title, said she "completely agrees" with Blue's standpoint, DublinLive reports.
She said: "I think this is something that did really need to be brought to light. It's something I've been asked about over and over again as you can imagine.
"I do agree that the rules are completely outdated and as a student midwife myself it does shock me that these rules are still in place.
"The problem with this situation is not just the rules of eligibility.
"For me, it's the response that Blue received. Again, this doesn't come as a shock to me because this response was so cold-hearted and insensitive and wasn't the approach that should have been taken.
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"As a young woman, I think we should all be entitled to an opinion and fair play to Blue for voicing her opinion.
"She should have been entitled to have her say without being shut down and that's where I'm standing on that."
Blue revealed that she received an email response from pageant organisers after she raised the issue.
They told her she might be better off withdrawing from the competition if she did not agree with the rules.
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Chelsea added that she has since "cut ties" with the organisation but vowed to still call for change on behalf of future contestants.
A spokesperson for Miss Ireland said: "It should be noted that the rules of entry are clearly laid out, Blue Scannell was aware of all terms of entry when she applied.
"She agreed both in written and verbal confirmation to them which was back in September and we have these copies.
"She had been competing as a Dublin entrant since October taking part in various workshops and a photo shoot so you can imagine we were also surprised by her sudden change of heart which she posted on her social media platform."
Miss Ireland added that the rules on entry are applicable to Miss World competitions globally.
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