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Model couple sign up for Big Apple deal

Laura Butler

Published 12/12/2013 | 07:36

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Jude Rea (nee Nabney) and husband Rob Rea

THEY are Ireland's most in-demand model couple, but Jude and Rob Rea have no plans on living here for the foreseeable future.

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The Belfast pair, have been jetsetting around the world since tying the knot last year and have now officially settled in the Big Apple.

This week they signed a contract to base themselves in New York.

"Home will always be Ireland but for now it's the US," Jude told the Herald.

"We came here initially in March with the hopes of signing an agency and started the visa process. It all just fell into place from there and now we know we're here for at least a year."

However, the chore of unpacking boxes will have to wait, as photoshoots and runways call.

"I'm actually in Miami for a couple of days, then going straight over to Cape Town for six days, so it's very busy," Jude said.

The long-legged blonde -- formerly Jude Nabney -- and her other half have become two of this country's most-sought-after model exports, by marketing themselves as a two-for-one deal, in many cases for global clients. And their teaming up in front of the camera as well as off it has landed them several high-profile shoots in France, Germany and South Africa.

They even spent their "honeymoon" in September 2012 posing for Italian brand Napapijri in London and travelling the continent as brand ambassadors.

"It's like a dream getting to work with your husband," she said.

"It's such a great job in the first place, but to have both us doing it makes it so much better. And when I have to cancel plans on him because of work he understands, which is a bonus, because it happens a lot.

"I love it when we can work together, and it does really help when you don't have to fake it."

Although they have hectic schedule, Jude said they're making a point of taking time off to spend Christmas with their families in Ireland this year.

"Most of our family is back home so we go home when we can," she said. "It's our first Christmas back in Ireland in over two years, so we're really looking forward to it, I'm literally counting the sleeps."

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