Thursday 27 November 2014

A life in pictures: Katy French

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Katie French a life in pictures
Katie French a life in pictures
In this childhood snap, Katy shows an early affinity for the camera.
Katy French has always been comfortable in front of the camera, as this exclusive picture of her at roughly 10 years old shows.
A star is born: In her first photocall in 2002, Katy's confident nature is apparent as she exposes her bra and flashes her trademark smile.
In they heyday of Irish modelling, a then up-and-coming Katy French is joined by fellow top models Martha Christe and Natasha Byram promoting the National Lottery.
Katy was never shy about showing off her enviable body and unsurprisingly, became the most in-demand bikini photocall model in Ireland at the time. Here, she promotes the then-new Purty Kitchen.
In 2004, she exposes her midriff in a tennis outfit alongside now-model boss Andrea Roche. The two became close friends after working together on the modelling scene for several years.
In March 2005, the blonde bombshell was chosen to model jewellery (worth €20,000) designed by Ali Hewson for charity.
Katie shows her lighter side at a photocall
Katy became close friends with top Irish model and former Miss World Rosanna Davison, and the pair were often spotted together in Krystle nightclub.
In 2007, Katy and Andrea Roche socialised outside of working hours as they attended a friend's wedding in Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
Katie French at the launch of ' Pets are for life not just for Christmas'
 Katy French, with Daithi O'Shea and others participating in a survival challange for the People in Need Telethon '07, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Katie with Scottish Actor Robert Carlyle at the World Premiere of his latest movie "The Mighty Celt" at The Savoy Cinema on the opening night of the Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland February 11 2005.
Katy was engaged to businessman Marcus Sweeney which was later broken off before her tragic death.
In August 2007, she was spotted trying on engagement rings in Boodles on Grafton Street.
Katy French at Lillies Bordello, Dublin in 2007
Irish Model Katy French arrivng to be a  guest on The Podge & Rodge Show, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland - 07.04.07.
Well versed in red carpet etiquette at this stage in her career, Katy turned heads in her patterned silk dress at the 2007 TV Now Awards.
Irish Model Katy French promotes that Thursday 13th of September is International Chocolate Day. Chocolate lover Katy is covered in chocolate, thousands of Lindt Lindor love hearts in Cocoon Bar, Hibernian Way, Dublin, Ireland - 11.09.07.
 Katy French at the wrap party for the movie "King Arthur" at The Vaults, Dublin, Ireland November 9 2003 with Andrea Roche (VIP IRELAND/VIP IRELAND)
Katy poses on the beach in 2003
Katy on one of her early modelling jobs
Katy arrives at Krystle nightclub for her birthday party
Katy on a modelling job for ice skating in Booterstown
Her profile continued to soar on television as well, with an acclaimed appearance on RTE's Podge and Rodge.
Perhaps the most iconic image of Katy - she wears a gold sequinned dress as she celebrated her 24th birthday at Krystle nightclub, just days before she died.
Famed for her incredible figure, it was only fitting that Katy was the model chosen to recreate that infamous tennis poster for the Star on Sunday.
Organisers of her last ever fashion shoot released images of her modelling wedding dresses.
Her close pal and model boss Andrea Roche is pictured visiting Katy in hospital in Navan in 2007, while she was in critical condition following a cocaine overdose.
Models Jenny Lee Masterson, Joanne Denver, Aoife Cogan and Karen Fitzpatrick attend Katy's funeral at St. Patrick's Church, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
Katy's closest family members gather at her grave to mark the 2nd anniversary of her death.
A plaque honouring the late model and socialite at St. Patrick's Church. (VIPIRELAND.COM/VIPIRELAND.COM)
Kieron Ducie was charged in connection with her death.
Katy's mother Janet and sister Jill French leave the late model's inquest.
Ann Corcoran pictured as she arrived at Trim Court House before the start of the inquest into the death of Model Katie French. (Frank Mc Grath/Frank Mc Grath)
Katie French's family, dad John, mother Janet, and sister Jill pictured after the inquest in to the death of Katie French at Trim Court House

The life and death of one of Ireland's most memorable models.

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