Model Sarah McGovern: 'I can't believe I still get booked for bikini jobs at 38'
Model Sarah McGovern has opened up about her body hang-ups - saying she is surprised she still gets booked for lingerie shoots.
The 38-year-old has been a model for more than 16 years.
However, the mum-of-two said she thought her days of partially stripping off for the camera were numbered following the birth of her second child.
"I am lucky that I have a good metabolism but I don't think my body is good at all," Sarah told the Herald Diary.
"I would love it to be the way it was pre-children. When it comes to being toned it is definitely harder, so that is where exercise comes in - which, I admit, I haven't done much of."
The statuesque blonde enjoyed plenty of work during last month's busy catwalk season, modelling both lingerie and swimwear for fashion outlets such as Arnotts and Debenhams.
Sarah - who is married to businessman Kenny Vaughan - said she was shocked to be strolling down the catwalk in her smalls.
"I never expect those jobs anymore. I think 'Why would they want me'?
"But if they are happy then I am happy. They don't want someone who is really skinny, they want someone who represents the normal body shape.
"I wouldn't be the one to stand in a bikini on Grafton Street - those days are definitely behind me."
Sarah said she was "lucky" to still ger "nice jobs".
"I did an Arnotts lingerie show and then I got booked for the Debenhams swimwear show from that, so I feel extremely comfortable with that kind of thing.
"There seems to be a market for older models, which is great," added Sarah, who is an ambassador for the National Spring Clean campaign.
However, she is well aware modelling won't last forever.
Following the wind-down of the jewellery business she worked with during the recession, Sarah recently ventured into sales. She now works in Fashion City in Ballymount.
"I joined them in January. I am working on six different iClothing lines that we sell to retail stories," Sarah told the Diary.
"Modelling is going very well at the moment but I know it won't last forever. I want to have a career there for myself when modelling ends. I am really enjoying it at the moment.
"I usually do three days per week but they're very flexible."