Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish model Sarah McGovern 'delighted' to still be booking jobs at 38

Elaine McCahill

Published 29/10/2015 | 13:29

Model Sarah McGovern pictured wearing Don O’Neill one of the pieces from the NMH Foundation Fashion Show taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 11th November. Photo: Anthony Woods
Model Sarah McGovern pictured wearing Don O’Neill one of the pieces from the NMH Foundation Fashion Show taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 11th November. Photo: Anthony Woods
Sarah McGovern Vaughan at the opening of the Spencer Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Sarah McGovern in the early days of her modelling career
Sarah McGovern and daughter Robyn pictured launching the 2015 Pampers UNICEF #1pack1vaccine campaign in Ireland

Models have a notoriously short shelf-life but Sarah McGovern is quietly bucking that trend and is more in demand than ever at 38.

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Sarah has been stomping the runways for 16 years since landing her first break and she told the Diary that she is "delighted" she's still booking jobs.

"I did a show last week and there was girls who were 16 and 17 walking beside me. I was looking at them thinking that I started modelling when you were born," she said.

"I was quite proud to still be walking beside them I have to say, but it's funny when you see them doing their homework and I have two kids.

Sarah McGovern in the early days of her modelling career
Sarah McGovern in the early days of her modelling career

The blonde beauty admitted that her age can play on her mind "a little" but she knows that in Ireland the industry is much kinder to older women.

"You can model longer here which is great and you can move into a different bracket too.

Sarah McGovern and daughter Robyn pictured launching the 2015 Pampers UNICEF #1pack1vaccine campaign in Ireland
Sarah McGovern and daughter Robyn pictured launching the 2015 Pampers UNICEF #1pack1vaccine campaign in Ireland

"I think the Irish market is OK with older models, if we were abroad it would be different.

"I see people calling me 34 or 35 in the papers so maybe clients just don't know my real age," she joked.

Despite her success in the industry Sarah said she never expected to last this long.

Read more: Catwalk to cradle: Model mums

Sarah McGovern Vaughan at the opening of the Spencer Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Sarah McGovern Vaughan at the opening of the Spencer Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

"I didn't think I'd be modelling after my first child and here I am after two. As long as people keep booking me, I'll keep showing up. It's always lovely to have something different every day and every week. I'll be there as long as I can be," she said.

Having almost two decades of experience under her belt does have its merits. She now has a "common sense" approach to the ups and downs of the industry.

"You know that it could be anything from your eye-colour to your hair [that leads you to miss out on jobs]. You learn that it's not always about you personally," she admitted.

The busy mum also revealed that she has opted to stick to modelling after dipping her toes in presenting with Xpose.

With two small children there just wasn't enough time to put fashion segments together, she said.

Sarah will soon take to the catwalk along with some unusual runway-mates, the doctors who work in the hospital where she had her children.

This year's charity fashion show for the National Maternity Hospital (Holles Street) Foundation will take place on November 11 in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

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