Sunday 25 September 2016

'I don't think they understand' - Leaving Cert models talk jealous classmates and exam stress

Sean O'Grady

Published 10/06/2016 | 10:11

Abby Mahon (18) and Raiane Borges (18)
Abby Mahon (18) and Raiane Borges (18)
Raiane Borges / Photo: Johnny McMillan
Abby Mahon / Photo: Instagram
Vivienne Mulvey

Photo shoots, exam stress and jealous classmates - it's not easy being a model while doing your Leaving Cert.

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Some 60,000 students around Ireland are taking their exams this month, but models Vivienne Mulvey (18), Abby Mahon (18) and Raiane Borges (18) also have their careers in front of the camera to worry about.

The girls - who are represented by top agencies Assets and Morgan The Agency - insist they have their priorities in the right order ahead of exam season.

"I'm doing higher-level maths. It's so stressful. I almost failed in the mocks, but I didn't so I'm keeping that in mind. I've been going to grinds since fifth year," Blackrock native Vivienne said.

Vivienne Mulvey
Vivienne Mulvey

The brunette, who attends Colaiste Iosagain in Stillorgan, said some classmates weren't too keen on her career in front of the camera.

"Some people bring it up sometimes out of jealousy. When people are studying and I'm not, they're like, 'Well, not all of us have our looks to fall back on.'

Raiane Borges / Photo: Johnny McMillan
Raiane Borges / Photo: Johnny McMillan

"I'm still going to do the Leaving Cert, I'm still in the same boat as them."

Templeogue native Abby has previously taken time off from her school - Yeats College in Waterford - to attend modelling jobs, but said teachers didn't mind.

Abby Mahon / Photo: Instagram
Abby Mahon / Photo: Instagram

"I know education comes first, but I think keeping the balance between fun and torture is important," she said.

"I don't think they understand what I do. I don't tend to tell them. I just say I have something to do and they don't really question it. In a grinds school, they treat you more like adults, they're not going to say anything."

With the start of the exams behind her, Raiane admitted she's not too stressed about the coming weeks.

"I'm most nervous about geography and maths. They are both on the same day and there's so much content.

"I want to go to college but I might defer for a year and do modelling, because I think it might be a better idea than trying to have to juggle both," she said.

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