'I was glassed and attacked by girls for absolutely no reason' - Irish glamour model and DJ Tess O'Reilly
Former glamour model Tess O'Reilly has revealed the tough side to her former profession.
The 33-year-old from Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary made her name in glamour modelling in the UK but has recently made the move from modelling to music.
When she started out in her career, she reveals she was "quiite naive" and found herself in some sticky situations - with both men and women.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent Life magazine, she says, "My first shoot was for a car magazine. The guy who introduced me to the photographer was really weird; it was a real eye-opener to the scene, what people will try to do."
She adds, "Another time, I was doing a shoot and the 'organiser' booked one hotel room for me and him. I managed to escape when he asked our taxi to stop so he could buy cigarettes. I explained the situation to the taxi driver, and he sped off and dropped me to my friend's house."
Tess reveals that there are many people who try to take advantage of the fact that lots of girls are desperate to get into the industry.
"Guys are always telling girls exactly what they want to hear, then asking them to sleep with them. People can try to exploit you, so you have to cop on quickly."
Whatever about the men, there have also been issues with women.
"I was glassed and attacked by girls before for absolutely no reason," says Tess.
"Someone just decided they didn't like the look of me. You have to put up with a lot of abuse in modelling and it's a shame, because if people just talked to us, they'd see we're really normal people, even if they don't like our job."
Read the full interview with Tess O'Reilly in today's Sunday Independent Life magazine.
I may open a bottle of wine pic.twitter.com/ggaePaQ6Ke— Tess O' Reilly (@TESSOREILLYreal) March 29, 2016