Friday 27 April 2018

'I was the only one confident doing a nude shoot' - Next Top Model finalist Alannah

Alannah Beirne
Alannah Beirne

Alannah Beirne has admitted she hardly slept during her time on Britain's Next Top Model and didn't know which of the other contestants she could trust.

The Naas woman (23), who emerged as one of the early front-runners in the competition, will be up against Olivia Wardell and Jennifer Malengele in tonight's final on Sky Living.

Alannah Beirne in Britain's Next Top Model
Alannah Beirne in Britain's Next Top Model

"It was so mentally draining. You were hardly sleeping at night worrying if you were going to get through to the next round. Imagine that over six weeks," she said.

"It's pretty intense. By the final we were almost crawling. You didn't know who to trust."

Alannah Beirne at the Irish Premiere Screening of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at the Savoy Cinema in O'Connell Street,Dublin.
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alannah Beirne at the Irish Premiere Screening of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at the Savoy Cinema in O'Connell Street,Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Alannah was allowed almost no contact with the outside world during filming, but did get to call her family when she found out she had made it to the last three.

"The night before the first day of the final, we got to call our family. We had a five-minute chat," she said.

Alannah Beirne, at the fourth day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Alannah Beirne, at the fourth day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester

"I called my mum to tell her I was through and she said 'You know what? You've made it this far, so regardless you're a winner in our eyes'."

Alannah admitted that most of the other girls in the show saw her as their main competition.

Ready for her close-up: Alannah Beirne models a Maticeski gown at the Brown Thomas spring-summer 2017 fashion show
Ready for her close-up: Alannah Beirne models a Maticeski gown at the Brown Thomas spring-summer 2017 fashion show

"I won six challenges out of 10. Myself and Olivia were the competition," she said.

"The production team went around and asked all the girls 'Who do you think is your strongest competition?' and I said Olivia and Olivia said me and all the other girls said me and Olivia."

The final three contestants had to take part in a nude shoot, and Alannah was the only one who felt at all comfortable baring all in front of the camera.

"The nude shoot was really cool, I'm looking forward to seeing that," she said.

"I wasn't nervous, I was the only one out of the three of us that was very confident going in just because every supermodel has to do a nude shoot."

Alannah is hoping to capitalise on her success on the show and is moving to London next week.

However, the TV star is nervous to leave her home comforts behind.

"I'm moving over on Monday. I'm actually really nervous, it's a big city. I'm very comfortable in Ireland," she said.

"It's easy to pick up on people's names - you go to events and you see the same people. London I think will be difficult, but I'm sure I'll settle in with time."

Many contestants who have competed on Britain's Next Top Model struggled to turn their reality TV stint into a lengthy modelling career. However, Alannah is remaining positive.

"I would think of it more like it's a great platform to build my profile and build my career," she said.

"I'm staying very positive and I know I'm going to work hard."

Alannah was speaking at the launch of eir and Meteor's wifi calling service.

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