Friday 26 May 2017

Top Irish model Eve Connolly says it's tough to make friends in 'cut-throat' fashion scene

Eve Connolly
Eve Connolly

Elaine McCahill

She's one of Ireland's top model exports, but Eve Connolly has said it's not all fun and games on the international fashion scene.

The 20-year-old has walked in Paris Fashion Week and is signed to four different agencies - City in Paris, Brave in Milan, FM in London and Distinct Model Management in Dublin,

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While the job certainly has its perks, Eve said nothing beats working at home.

Speaking in a Snapchat Q&A with photographer Aaron Hurley, she said: "My favourite place to work is Dublin because I know almost everyone here, so it's like you're working with your friends - but it's not like that abroad."

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"It's just a lot more cut-throat abroad. The girls are all amazing, but no one really wants to be friends.

"In general, there's nowhere as good as Ireland to work. The people and the atmosphere are always so much fun," she added. The Kildare native took some time out after doing her Leaving Cert and has since decided to become an actress.

Eve Connolly
Eve Connolly

"I'm in drama school at the moment, so I don't have a lot of free time - but it's what I love to do," she said.

"I'm hoping to graduate from drama school and hopefully start acting, but I want to continue modelling. Hopefully I can marry the two."

While she spends her time jetting to different locations and attending some of the most glamorous fashion parties, Eve said there could be some downsides to the model life.

"The worst thing about being a model is travelling by yourself, it can be really lonely," she said.

Eve Connolly in a Peter O'Brien black wool dress
Eve Connolly in a Peter O'Brien black wool dress

"The early call times are the worst as well but obviously there are good sides too. I have made amazing friends and the clothes and make-up and everything are cool too," she added.

Eve also shared some tips for girls hoping to break into the industry.

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"Send in Polaroids and go to castings to try and get an agency but always go for really natural make up and hair," she said.

"Also, I wouldn't spend loads of money on a photo shoot or anything.

Eve Connolly walks for Luis Buschino in Paris.jpg
Eve Connolly walks for Luis Buschino in Paris.jpg

"If someone sees something in you that they like, they'll help you - they won't make you pay that much money," she added.

Eve is among a host of Irish models making waves on the fashion scenes abroad.

Roland Mouret launches his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at Brown Thomas with model Eve Connolly Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM.
Roland Mouret launches his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at Brown Thomas with model Eve Connolly Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM.

Cork's Clara McSweeney was recently picked up by IMG Models, who also represent Kate Moss. Meanwhile, Emily Butcher was named "one to watch" by Vogue Italia.

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