Thursday 29 September 2016

The rise of the 'healthy model' - Thalia Heffernan and Lynn Kelly show off their sensational figures as they launch new collection

Published 14/05/2015 | 14:09

Models Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro
Models Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro

Toned, fit and healthy - Thalia Heffernan and Lynn Kelly showed why they are top of their game as they model new season styles from Heatons.

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While they are both in demand every day of the week for catwalk and editorial work - the duo both make it a priority to keep in shape, and it shows.

Models Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro and Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro pictured at the launch of Heatons 2015 new summer collection
Models Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro and Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro pictured at the launch of Heatons 2015 new summer collection
Models Lynn Kelly wears a Denim dungarees 22.50.euro Coral lace tee shirt 3.00 and Thalia Heffernan wearing Acid wash skinny jean 20.00.euro Embroidered shoulder tee shirt 12.00.euro.
Thalia Heffernan wearing Lace Trim Kaftan 18.00.euro Lace Trim Short 13.00 and Satin Trim Vest 5.00 euro

There is certainly pressure within the modelling industry to adhere to a particular body type. Earlier this month, a major sports supplement brand came under fire for their advertisements, which angered women as it seemed to endorse that a woman was only ready to hit the beach if she was slim and with six pack abs.

Read more: Renee Somerfield (slated model on the controversial 'Beach Body Ready' ads) hits back at body shamers

Models Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro
Models Lynn Kelly wearing a Tropical Bikini Top 8.00.euro Tropical Bikini Bottom 6.00.euro and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro

Countries around the world are also attempting to regulate the use of runway models who are visibly underweight.

Refreshingly, Lynn (26) and Thalia (20) both endorse the kind of figure women like to see the most - healthy.

Model Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00 euro
Model Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00 euro

“It is no secret that I need to work very, very hard for my body, I am not naturally a slim girl," Lynn has said in the past.

The brunette beauty maintains that her figure is down to "pure hard work and dedication".

Model Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro
Model Thalia Heffernan wearing a Tropical Underwire Swimsuit 12.00.euro

Thalia Heffernan has built up a profile as an international model, signed with agencies in London, New York and Australia.

However, the Dubliner believes that models "get away" with more in her native country.

Lynn Kelly wearing a Pink tunic dress 20.00
Lynn Kelly wearing a Pink tunic dress 20.00

“There is more of a healthy size here that is definitely more realistic, which I personally believe in. I train a lot. I love my food. Both of my parents are unbelievable cooks, so I have always eaten anything I want and in unbelievable amounts as well," she recently said.

“Abroad I could be considered curvy whereas here I wouldn’t be,” Thalia added. “It depends on the market, but definitely the Irish market is a little bit more lenient in terms of weight, which is great.”

Thalia Heffernan wearing Lace Trim Kaftan 18.00.euro
Lace Trim Short 13.00 and Satin Trim Vest 5.00 euro
Thalia Heffernan wearing Lace Trim Kaftan 18.00.euro Lace Trim Short 13.00 and Satin Trim Vest 5.00 euro

Gone are the days when a model's diet was a can of Diet Coke and a packet of cigarettes, these young women strive to be fit and healthy, and must be applauded for that.

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