Top Irish model Thalia Heffernan victim of 'catfishing' on dating sites
Published 07/04/2015 | 13:07
Model Thalia Heffernan has revealed she has been the victim of 'cat-fishing' online.
This involves people setting up fake social media profiles, mostly on dating websites such as Tinder, and using somebody else's name and picture instead.
"I don't really tend to get involved in those things, my agency sorted it all out," Thalia said.
"They managed to do a pretty good job contacting Tinder directly and it's good to know that if something like that does happen to us, it can be dealt with quite quickly."
The gorgeous 20-year-old also said she may move abroad for modelling work in the future.
Thalia has previously worked in New York and spent three months in Australia last year and says she may move again soon.
"The UK is an option as it is so close to home and travelling to Australia again could be in the future," she told the Diary.
"I don't know how soon though as it is so far away. I've been there already working for three months. Australia was amazing, although I'm sad I went in the winter months. I should have gone in the summer, I didn't play that one well. Sydney can be quite windy.
"I did New York when I was 18 and I guess I might do it again," she added.
She is signed to five different agencies across the globe - Morgan: The Agency in Dublin; Premier in London; Ford in New York; London Management in Sydney; and Pro Mod in Germany - but says she has managed to steer clear of any mean girls on the international modelling scene.
"I didn't experience it too badly but obviously you hear horror stories online and through other girls as well but I managed to get away from it pretty well," she said.
While the Ranelagh native has a figure that most girls would kill for, she admits she has to work out more now that she's in her twenties.
"When I started I was 15 and it was a lot easier than it is now in terms of losing weight," she admitted.
"I work with Sophie Kavanagh in Number 17 and she is like my trainer, my best friend, everything. I technically do the Paleo diet, but I don't like to label it as that.
"I'm only human at the end of the day and you have to enjoy your life.
"I train four times a week if I can. I only do half hour sessions so it's nice and easy and Sophie tailors it to my body," she added.