Way back in 2007 which was 5 years ago now (CAN'T BELIEVE IT!) I won the Alternative Miss Ireland. Here's an interview I did with QueerID at the time!
Joanna Ryde - QueerID.com, March 2007
Now, we love Alternative Miss Ireland here in QueerID Towers, so imagine our delight when our very own columnist Joanna Ryde took to the stage. Not only that, but she only went and won! Of course, we always knew she'd steal the crown one way or another. We caught up with Joanna to ask her all about her triumphant win!
So, who are you Joanna Ryde ?
Who am I? Who the f**k are you?? I'm the Alternative Miss Ireland! I'm 19 and I come from Finglas and I have a little girl whats called Phoenix Park and I'm not gettin' a eurit in child support coz I don't know who the da is. What sort of question is WHO ARE YOU?? I could waffle on for days answerin' tha'!
What made you enter the Alternative Miss Ireland ?
Well after I won the Miss Finglas last year and the karaoke competition down the Village Inn, me mate Charmo said I should go for the Alternative Miss Ireland for the laugh coz I'd probably win coz I'm not only a great singer but I'm mafis as well and I didn't even have to so dirty things to anyone to win this like I did with the karaoke competition!
How did it feel to win ?
It felt like I had worms! My stomach was in a state. I haven't been this happy since that time Concepta fell into a cave on the school trip to the Aran Islands.
Did you have any other favourite acts ?
I saw nurring! I was backstage the whole time so I didnt really know wha' was goin' on. I heard the Skinnitwinnz doin' their swimwear though. Tha' was gas! I was dyin' for a shot of that straight fella with the huge cannon as well!
What was the highlight of your night ?
Findin' god! Tha' and the bit when we finished Joyful Joyful and the crowd kept roaring for ages after we'd stopped! I was meant to be in the Joy so I was tryin' hard not to my smile! or to soil me tights!
Do you have any shopping tips for QueerID visitors ?
Shopping?? D'yeh not mean shopliftin'? Jayzis I couldn't be givin' out me secrets! If yeh do wanna buy somethin' though, I'll always sort yeh out with the bargains or check out me websh*te - http://www.geebay.ie/
Who would win in a fight between you and Shirley Temple Bar ?
I dont figh' (say nurring about Gubu) See now, you're just tryin' to cause a row with me and Shirlo! Although to be honest, Shirlo's probably one of the only youngones tha' I'd be afraid of! I hear she left Sandra Mulhall in a coma, although I do have a black belt in karaoke!
What are your plans for the future ?
I don't bleedin' have any! Hopefully I'll be able to do loads for the gays and for charities and all the rest of it and hopefully I can do a bit of travellin' around Ireland like I did last year. I'm hopin' to open a Centra or 2 and its me dream to do a song with Mark McCabe! I can tell yeh one thing though, I wont be havin' any more kids!