Sunday 26 February 2017

Beauty and brains in vogue

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

AN IRISH model has revealed how what seemed like just another photo-shoot resulted in her being singled out as a rising catwalk queen.

Cork girl Jennifer Foley is one of 23 models that 'Vogue' magazine has named as an international fashion model of the future. But the UCC student said she had no idea of the plaudits in store when she turned up at the shoot organised by the magazine in London before Christmas.

"When you're modelling, you get all sorts of calls out of the blue to go places. You just do it. It was a really quick shoot, with hardly any make-up or styling.

"When I found out later I was being photographed as one of Vogue's international fashion models of the future, I went into complete shock," Jennifer told the Irish Independent.

Just six months previously, the 19-year-old had feared her catwalk career was over after she failed to make the final four in the RTE series 'The Model Agent'.

Among the calls of congratulations she received this week were those from the programme's model scout Ellis and model Erin O'Connor.

However, Jennifer said she wouldn't be entering the show, which has been renamed 'The Model Scouts', again this year.

"Well, the winner's prize is a modelling contract with IMG (International Management Group) in London and that's what I have already," she said.

Signed to the 1st Option agency in Dublin, the brunette already has an extensive portfolio of work, including assignments for clients such as Brown Thomas, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and American style magazines.

She said she wouldn't really know what sort of impact her Vogue listing had had until she returned to London next month for fashion week.

That's if she can find the time away from her degree course in political science.

"Sometimes it gets a bit annoying when a really good job comes up and I can't do it because of college. I realise, though, that this business is terribly fickle and I'm not going to bail out of my degree.

"Being chosen by 'Vogue' is great in that clients and designers might recognise me but my dad keeps joking with me not to get a swollen head. I've promised I won't."

Irish Independent

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