Former Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire shuns Dublin move
Now that her exams are out of the way, Rebecca Maguire is looking to focus more of her time on modelling -- and she has decided a change in representation is the best way forward.
The former Miss Ireland told the Diary that she has moved on from the Style Academy agency and signed up with catwalk veteran Cathy Martin.
Unlike many of Ireland's other runway queens such as Roz Purcell and Rosanna Davison, who are on the books of Andrea Roche's agency, Rebecca wanted to work with an agent in her native Belfast.
"Cathy organises Belfast Fashion Week and has always looked after models in one way or another, but is focusing on it a lot more now," Rebecca revealed.
"It's a change, but I wanted that this year. Now I'm doing Fashion Week too and I've never done that event before, so it's an exciting time for me work-wise, it's all good and great experience."
The 21-year-old student, who is studying Pharmacy at Queens University, completed another bout of tests in January and is one step closer to getting her degree.
"I'm almost modelling full time now again, so it was actually relatively hard to juggle everything at once," she admitted.
"I've another year to go in college so it's been quite hectic lately with study and that.
"But no matter what, it's something I have to do," the brunette said.
"Even though modelling is the primary thing at the minute for me and what I love doing, because it's different and fun every day, pharmacy is my fall back. I need it for whenever modelling is no longer my option. So I just have to suck it up I guess."
Going forward, the leggy beauty plans to divide more of her time between Belfast and Dublin -- in order to get in front of the cameras as much as possible.
"I'm travelling between the two cities to keep jobs coming in, it's just so good to be working, I'm lucky," she added.
And on top of that, Rebecca is looking to undergo a body transformation, to make sure she's pick of the litter when it comes to photo-call opportunities.
"I'm starting a six week fitness regime this month to basically get fit and healthy," she revealed.
"You train twice a day, six days a week. I'm doing it with my mum Charlotte. It'll be fun and it's beneficial for work too. I haven't a clue how we'll fit it in though and there's a bet on in our family that mum can't do it, but I believe in her."
She added: "I just want to be healthy. I've always been a size eight normally, but I'm on a real fit buzz at the moment."
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