Wednesday 20 September 2017

Meet Aine O’Gorman, the Irish model swapping New York Fashion Week for the business books

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

After an impressive eight seasons stalking catwalks around the world , Aine O’Gorman is burying her head in the books - but not for long.

“It killed me to miss fashion week this season, I’m spending way too much time scrolling through Instagram seeing what shows my friends are doing when I should be writing essays,” the Tipperary native admits.

Aine was approached at the music festival Oxegen in 2011 by a model scout from London who was captivated by her distinctive red hair and alabaster skin.

“I ended up taking pictures in a bright orange ripped t-shirt in the middle of a field while drunk guys jumped on my back and my poor friend sat on the ground holding two hotdog,” Aine recalls.

Having just completed her Leaving Certificate, Aine took a gamble and decided to take a year off before continuing to third level.

She moved across the pond to work with the agency Elite London and after only three days, she was booked to shoot the Roberto Cavalli lookbook in Milan.

“My mother was sure it was a hoax, but I took the chance and off I went two days later,” she remembers.

Over the next three years, Aine rode the modelling wave around the world. She maintains that it is impossible to pick a single highlight, but has nothing but fond memories of the people she has worked with.

“Each person in this industry has a story to tell. Meeting, working, collaborating with these people is what makes this job so special.”

“The people behind the shows and collections are really incredible, sweet, kind and talented. It’s these kind of designers who take a models personality into account when casting them and for me that is something very special and makes me incredibly grateful,” she states graciously.

Modest words for a young Irish model who has walked in shows for big names including Thom Browne, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton.

After eight seasons “living out of a 20 kg suitcase”, Aine decided she needed some more stability in her life.

“I've always wanted to go to college,” she says. “Modelling was only supposed to be one gap year which turned into three. Last summer I was trying to get internships to do while modelling and very few places would even take applications unless I had at least an undergraduate degree.”

She made the decision to enroll in Trinity College Dublin’s Business, Economics and Sociology and Political Science course as she is passionate about international issues, climate, and social justice.

However, it’s not the last we’ve seen of Aine, who is still balancing some modelling jobs with her studies.

“I haven't quit at all,” she promises. “I will definitely be back to work full time this summer. I’m not sure where it will take me but I've got my travel bug back,” she says.

Aine O’Gorman is represented by Elite London, Elite Paris, Elite Barcelona, Elite Milan and Major New York.

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