Getting to know the in-laws! Introducing Niall Horan's new girlfriend's model mother

Niall's new girlfriend Zoe Whelan's mother Shar Alguaidy has some modelling experience of her own

Picture: Shar Alguaidy/Facebook
Zoe's mother Shar is no stranger to the modelling scene. Picture: Shar Alguaidy/Facebook

Good looks are clearly genetic in Zoe Whelan's family. The 18-year-old beauty, who was yesterday revealed to be the new girlfriend of One Direction superstar Niall Horan, is an aspiring model and it's easy to see where she gets her inspiration from.

Zoe's mother Shar Alguaidy, from Coolock, has become an overnight internet sensation after posting a series of sultry photos on her Facebook page. The mother-daughter duo, who look more like sisters, are incredibly close, and if Niall wants in with Zoe, it's expected that he'll have to get into Shar's good graces first.

Zoe reportedly caught Niall's eye when they met backstage at a Dublin gig and have stayed in touch since, with Zoe even attending Niall's brother Greg's wedding last month.

"Niall has been secretly seeing Zoe for a couple of months after he met her backstage," an insider revealed.

"She’s a Dubliner but is based in London to work on her modelling career. Zoe’s travelled all over the UK to meet up with Niall on the band’s tour." And the 19-year-old singer is said to be very "protective" of his new love interest as she is quite shy.

And she was instantly snapped up by Andrea Roche's modelling agency after the pageant director saw her model potential. The model boss said on Twitter: "We signed the rumoured girlfriend of @NiallOfficial today - the very beautiful 18 year old Zoe- she is a stunner!"

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