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Thursday 18 January 2018

Holly's "awkward" semi-nude photoshoot

The former Miss Ireland had to pose with a male model in a steamy shoot on the reality show
The former Miss Ireland had to pose with a male model in a steamy shoot on the reality show
Holly and boyfriend, Irish rugby player Cian Healy
The normally made up model went for a more natural look on the show

Eimear Rabbitte

The loved-up model had to strip on BINTM.

STRIPPING off for a raunchy photo shoot on a beach with a hunky male model may be a dream for some, but it turned into a nightmare for top model Holly Carpenter.

The Dubliner admits she felt "awkward" taking part in the surprise topless shoot on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, surrounded by a camera crew, with her rugby star beau at home.

Holly, who has made it into the top 11 models on the Sky Living show, has been going out with Leinster and Irish prop Cian Healy for a year and a half.

This week, viewers watched as the hopefuls stripped off on a freezing cold UK beach for a shoot wearing nothing but a pair of jeans alongside a tanned and toned male model.

"It was kind of awkward and that (Cian) was one of the things that was going through my head," the 22-year-old told the Herald.

"Cian is protective and everything, but I know that when it comes to my career he is completely understanding and so supportive.

"I know he would never ask me not to do anything, within reason, but that was in the back of my head too," she said.

But it was not just her boyfriend's opinion that worried the slender brunette, who had been working out religiously in the gym before entering the show.

"I was worried about my body shape, I was worried about my face, I was freezing, I was thinking about Cian. I was thinking that I didn't do my best, but I'm still on the show so that's the main thing."

As one of the most popular models on the books with Andrea Roche in Dublin, Holly was annoyed with her performance on the shoot.

New Next Top Model judge Dannii Minogue oversaw the beach shoot for the judging panel and said Holly was "difficult" to work with because she felt uncomfortable.

"Because I model as my job, I thought I would be able to just go on any set and do what they asked, so that was disappointing for me.

"I was disappointed that I couldn't just block out the camera crew and everything, but they said they liked my shot in the end and that was the main thing," she added.

While uncomfortable, Holly says she was confident that the shoot would be tasteful.

"Because I don't really have big boobs, I wasn't sure how it was going to go, but I felt safe because Dannii was there and the producers of the show wouldn't make it tacky or anything," said Holly.

"It was with a really classy photographer so I knew it was going to be done artistically."

Holly can be seen on the show next Thursday following the departure of fellow Dublin model Jessica Patterson this week.

As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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