Sunday 28 December 2014

First Look: Holly Carpenter in Next Top Model

Published 14/06/2013 | 09:11

Cian Healy's other half appears on the Sky Living show

For most Irish models, asking them to remove their make-up is a cardinal sin; for natural beauty Holly Carpenter, it was a piece of cake. The porcelain skinned model, who is signed with Andrea Roche's model agency in Dublin has made her first appearance on Sky Living reality show Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.

And while we're used to seeing a significantly more 'done-up' version of Holly for photocalls and press events, her time on the show shows off her natural beauty. Host Elle MacPherson demanded that the former Miss Ireland remove the layers of makeup, the false lashes in order to take part, and it looks like it paid off.

While Holly is remaining tight-lipped about her time on the show, as per her contract, she tweeted last night that she has "no regrets" about participating and she knows that her family and friends will support her "no matter how the show is edited."

She follows in the footsteps of Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane, Hannah Devane and our most successful entrant so far, Cork native Lisa Madden, who landed a place in the semi-final last series.

Holly is fresh from a two-week long girly Greek holiday, and is currently helping her boyfriend Cian Healy in his recovery process after an ankle injury forced him to be sent home from the Lions tour early.

Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter
As Miss University Ireland, she was well accustomed to some bikini posing.
Guests arrive at the Miss Universe Ireland 2012 finals, Dublin, Ireland - 02.11.12. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Holly Carpenter
The model shot to prominence when she was crowned Miss University Ireland.
After her crowning, she insisted on wearing her crown wherever she could.
Just months later, she was crowned Miss Ireland 2011 and off to Miss World.
She soon began making waves on the photocall circuit.
The then-19-year-old went for a classic pageant look when competing at Miss World in London in 2011.
Holly was happy to pose for the camera in skimpy outfits if the job required.
Soon, she developed an edgier style.
She's never been afraid to experiment with fashion.
In March of last year, it was revealed that she was dating Irish rugby player Cian Healy.
The couple made their social debut at last year's VIP Style Awards.
Going against the grain, she committed a faux pas among Irish models and took out her hair extensions.
She returned to pageant glitz for last year's Miss Ireland competition to hand over her crown.
She's become a regular on the town, joining fellow models Roz Purcell and Lynn Kelly at various events.
She's never been afraid to experiment with her look.
Holly and Cian have become fixtures on the Irish social scene.
In her downtime, Holly isn't afraid to embrace her natural, comfortable side.
The model poses with her parents Karl and Jane Carpenter at her 21st birthday.
She's still an in-demand model.
The happy couple have never been shy about posing together.
She has since adopted a more elegant look, and wore a classic black Louise Kennedy gown at this year's VIP Style Awards.

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