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'UK modelling business is more cut-throat': Holly

Published 28/07/2013 | 05:00

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MODEL MATERIAL: Naomi Pelkiewicz, Holly Carpenter and Sophie Ellson, who are contestants on 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model', on Dollymount Strand.

SHE may have one of the hottest bodies in the Irish modelling industry, but Holly Carpenter feels she will have to lose weight if she wants to work in the UK full-time.

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The Dublin model – who has become the most talked-about star of this year's Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model – said the cut-throat industry was far more unforgiving across the water.

And the girlfriend of rugby star Cian Healy says she will have to shed pounds to catch the attention of Britain's biggest agencies.

"I know if I was going to put myself forward to get signed by an agency in London, I would have to lose a few pounds," Holly told the Sunday Independent.

"I know girls who have gone over as a size eight and were told to lose two inches here and there. It's a different ball game. Modelling in the UK is so cut-throat and they have really high expectations of girls there.

"But thanks to my trainer, I have been in the best shape of my life recently, which I am really happy about, and I wouldn't want to get too thin. Cian wouldn't let me – he would tell me not to get caught up in it and that losing too much weight can look really unsexy. I wouldn't want to worry my mom either."

Holly has had several run-ins in the house, including with fellow Irish model Sarah Kennedy.

She also clashed with head judge Elle Macpherson who told her to go easier on her make-up.

Speaking about the supermodel – nicknamed 'The Body' – the 22-year-old said she would describe Australian Elle as "intimidating".

She admitted the contestants were in awe over how the Aussie supermodel managed to maintain her incredible figure.

"When you think that she's 50 now and has that body, it's crazy. She looks really natural too and she's not clinging on to her youth; she's really beautiful without trying too hard," said Holly.

Viewers won't know if the Irish model has won the show until the end of August, but either way, her future looks bright.

Hunky model Tyson Beckford has told the Dubliner she has all the prospects of a career outside modelling and tipped her as a television star of the future, thanks to her outgoing personality.

Sunday Independent

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