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Thursday 18 September 2014

Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh offered reality show in China after wowing Asian market

Freya Drohan

Published 20/05/2014 | 14:05

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Aoife Walsh
Aoife Walsh

Forget London, Paris and Milan the bright lights of China are beckoning Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh.

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With three degrees under her belt, the reigning Miss Ireland is one smart cookie.

Having rounded off 2013 with a postgraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, Aoife is just back from a two week stint in China.

Since being crowned Miss Ireland, Aoife has been vocal about how her red hair allows her to stand out in the competitive modelling industry.

Now, the Tipperary native is thinking outside the box when it comes to carving out a successful career in modelling.

As the face of Irish occasion wear brand So Amazing, Aoife recently travelled to Guangzhou, China to take part in the world’s biggest fashion trade show.

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While there, Aoife (24) got the chance to work for four Chinese companies shooting looks for their catalogues.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Aoife said a highlight of her trip was an interview she did with a radio station in Guangzhou- which had a listenership of a quarter of a billion people; “no pressure!” the brainy beauty joked.

Numerous opportunities have already arisen from her Asian trip.

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“The four clients have asked me back to shoot for their next collections as they were delighted with the photos and loved my look.”

Following her radio interview, she is in talks about a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary with China’s main broadcaster CCTV about her experiences modelling in a foreign country

She also had meetings with two different agencies who are “really keen” to sign her up.

“I’m a little bit hesitant because they want me to live in China, I’m really busy here as it is but I’m definitely going to put a lot of thought into it, go out again and see what happens from there.”

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For now, the bubbly model is “over the jet lag and back to work”. For her penultimate two months as Miss Ireland, Aoife is determined to enjoy every minute of it.

“I have lots of interviews lined up, and I’ll be judging the Miss Ireland heats, meeting the contestants and giving them advice”.

Now that she has had a taste of the Orient, it seems the world is at her feet. Could she be setting the precedent for the next wave of Irish models?

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