Sunday 23 November 2014

Look away now Cian Healy - girlfriend Holly sheds all

Published 19/07/2013 | 08:18

Holly Carpenter in her nude shoot for 'Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model'
Holly Carpenter (far right) in a publicity shot for Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model
Holly Carpenter and Cian Healy
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Holly Carpenter in underwater shoot for Britain & Ireland's next top model
Holly Carpenter (Miss University)
Diarmuid's niece: Holly Carpenter. Photo: Collins
Holly Carpenter

HOLLY Carpenter says she was a "bit nervous" when she did her nude shoot for 'Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model'.

The shoot and resulting picture aired on last night's instalment of the Sky Living series.

Viewers saw supermdodel and judge Elle MacPherson put Holly (22) through her paces on BINTM - but she admitted that her Ireland and Leinster rugby boyfriend Cian was a little worried.

"It was crazy, I was a bit nervous, but I’d been training so much that I was more body confident than I would’ve been," she said.

“Cian was saying ‘why are you also naked?’, he was supportive, but I was worried he’d get a bit slagged by the lads."

While the thought of posing naked may put the fear into many women, Holly said she fretted a little more earlier in the series when she was told to ditch the make-up.

“Two of the scariest things have already happened, wearing no make up and then no clothes. The topless one with a male model was a lot more difficult. Body to body with a guy you don’t know is awkward."

The hit Sky Living series features Elle, Dannii Minogue and Tyson Beckford as judges.

The 21-year-old admitted that she was unsettled about the risqué photo shoot, but put her nerves to the side in front of the camera.

“What people at home don’t know is that there are about 10 or 15 other guys aside from the judges and you in the room when you’re doing shoot," she added.

"That was the hardest thing, being naked in front of them. We all wore flesh coloured thongs.

“This was the only stage at the competition when there wasn’t as much bitchiness.”

Holly also said that watched last night’s episode with her family and they were supportive of her decision to participate.

“My parents were proud of me to get as far as I’ve gotten," Holly said.

"I said whatever was thrown at me that I’d just suck it up and do it. I didn’t want to be the one to turn things down and I’m not particularly shy.

“At least I’m not watching it with Dad," she laughed.

Not surprisingly, her profile has soared since BINTM began airing on Sky Living.

"I’m getting recognised a lot more now, loads of girls come up to me and asking for advice," she said of her increased fame.

“In the last few weeks I’ve gotten loads of emails about young girls, some said they see me as inspiration – that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of.

“It’s a responsibility, but it’s a lovely compliment.

“Next weekend I’ve four girls from the show staying in the house with me, Saffron, Sophie, Naomi and Abigail, for the weekend, I’m going to show them around Dublin. I’ve dinner and nightclub reservations."

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