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I became a model at 49 – now I’m with an agency that has Naomi Campbell on their books

Sheila O’Callaghan, originally from Cork, travelled and worked in 70 countries before a chance encounter in her late forties led to her becoming an in-demand fashion model 

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Model Sheila O’ Callaghan. Photo: Stef Galea

Model Sheila O’ Callaghan. Photo: Stef Galea

Model Sheila O’ Callaghan. Photo: Stef Galea

“I was 49 years old and working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when I was approached in a market and asked if I was a fashion model.

This super flamboyant young designer asked me to do a shoot with him. I’ve always been open to new horizons and new ideas and I just loved his enthusiasm. And while I thought he was a little bit crazy, we exchanged numbers and agreed to meet up.


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