Wednesday 28 September 2016

‘I was the whitest girl on the stage!’ - Caitriona Balfe cringes at memory of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 02/06/2016 | 19:04

Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. Photo: KMazur/WireImage
Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. Photo: KMazur/WireImage
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe poses on May 12, 2016 as she arrives for the screening of the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. Photo: KMazur/WireImage
Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe posing during a photocall for the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

Irish actress Caitriona Balfe has opened up about her days as a model and her experience walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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Speaking on Conan O’Brien's chat show last weekend, the Outlander star cringed as she was shown a photo from the 2002 lingerie show.

“Something like that was so weird for me because it was like, the Brazilian bombshell, and I don’t know, I’m just not like that. I mean, I was the whitest girl on the stage!” she laughed.

The Monaghan native confessed that she had tried to add a bronzed glow with not one but two spray tans, to no avail.

Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Caitriona Balfe during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

“I had gone and I had gotten a spray tan and I went and showed them, and they were just like, ‘Can you go get another one?’

“And then I came back with my second spray tan and I was still the whitest girl on the stage.”

She is now enjoying success as the lead actress in the US time-travelling romance epic Outlander, which has just been renewed for two more seasons.

However, Balfe said she was still grateful for her early modelling career.

Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in January in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in January in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

“It was fun for a while, I got to travel the world and I got to experience life a in a away most people don’t get to,” she said.

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe

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