Tuesday 6 December 2016

'My boyfriend doesn't get jealous over lingerie shoots,' says top model Thalia Heffernan

Elaine McCahill

Published 07/10/2015 | 07:46

Thalia Heffernan for Brown Thomas (inset) Thalia and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness
Thalia Heffernan for Brown Thomas (inset) Thalia and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness
Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms
Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms
Thalia wears Passionata 'Addiction' pink satin and black lace plunge bra, €54, Matching brief, €26, Matching belt €36, Wolford individual 10 Stocking, €22 and Teo wears Myla 'Night mist' bra, €240, Matching brief,€130, Matching belt €265, L'Agent seam & heel stocking, €23.from The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas.
Thalia Heffernan and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness

Leading model Thalia Heffernan said her boyfriend of nearly one year thinks lingerie shoots "are more glam than they are."

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The 5'10" beauty, who was yesterday modelling for Brown Thomas' Autumn/Winter arrivals to the Lingerie Rooms, is no stranger to posing in her smalls for her work as one of Ireland's most popular catwalk queens.

Thalia has been dating bouncer Andrew McGuinnes for the last 10 months and said that her other half doesn't get jealous when it comes to lingerie photoshoots.

"He's cool with it because it's my career," she told the Herald.

Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms
Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms

"He finds it more glam than it actually is, because he's not in the industry.

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"[Having a boyfriend] makes life easier with this job, because I've a little security," she said.

"It's nice to have the grounding, because you never know what you're up to with this job."

"We're together 10 months. It's new, but we're solid and I'm really happy."

While she has to watch her figure for the cameras, Thalia said her dream is to bake a lot in the future.

Thalia Heffernan and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness
Thalia Heffernan and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness

"I feel like if I get married I can get fat," she said

"I'd like to be one of those housewives who is always baking and has loads of baked goods everywhere."

She might only be 20 years old, but the Dubliner has been modelling for five years already and said she has become somewhat addicted to tattoos and piercings as something of a rebellion to being "dressed as a mannequin" since her early teens.

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"I have weird rebellious phases where I like doing things like getting tattoos and my tongue pierced," she said.

While many would think getting inked is a big no-no in the fashion industry, Thalia said it doesn't affect her getting jobs.

Thalia wears Passionata 'Addiction' pink satin and black lace plunge bra, €54, Matching brief, €26, Matching belt €36, Wolford individual 10 Stocking, €22 and Teo wears Myla 'Night mist' bra, €240, Matching brief,€130, Matching belt €265, L'Agent seam & heel stocking, €23.from The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas.
Thalia wears Passionata 'Addiction' pink satin and black lace plunge bra, €54, Matching brief, €26, Matching belt €36, Wolford individual 10 Stocking, €22 and Teo wears Myla 'Night mist' bra, €240, Matching brief,€130, Matching belt €265, L'Agent seam & heel stocking, €23.from The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas.

"Some people have a concept that tattoos and piercings are ugly or not necessary," she said.

"But for me they're a very personal thing and I like them.

"They're easy to cover. I can bring them into work but if people don't like them, I can hide them.

Thalia wears Myla 'Heritage' Silk Duck egg chemise, €295, duck egg robe, €510; Teo wears Olivia Von Halle coco pyjamas, €380, Stella McCartney Lingerie bra €54.95 and Yomiko wears Bluebella Julianna Top and shorts, €55 L'Agent by Agent Provocateur, bra, €56, matching brief, €48 from this season's looks at The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas
Thalia wears Myla 'Heritage' Silk Duck egg chemise, €295, duck egg robe, €510; Teo wears Olivia Von Halle coco pyjamas, €380, Stella McCartney Lingerie bra €54.95 and Yomiko wears Bluebella Julianna Top and shorts, €55 L'Agent by Agent Provocateur, bra, €56, matching brief, €48 from this season's looks at The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas

"It is a bit of an addiction. I have to keep them small while I'm in this job, and in hidden places.

"Cara Delevingne and countless models have them done as well," she added.

The Morgan the Agency model also feels it's a way of expressing herself.

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"It can be difficult in this job to have a personality in yourself," she said.

"Since I was 15 I've been dressed up as a mannequin - changed to look as a certain designer wants for their dream to come true.

"So it's a personal thing to be able to mark myself, in my opinion, in a beautiful way, and to allow myself to be unique," she added.

Thalia was speaking at the Brown Thomas Fit to be Fabulous new season lingerie show.

With sizes ranging from 30AA to 40JJ across the full range of 90 brands with 28 backs also available.

Exclusive brands in the lingerie rooms include L'Agent by Agent Provocateur, Cheekfrills, Pour les Femmes and new label Commando.

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