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Charging around in Paris is exciting, but stressful, says Eve

TOUGH BLONDE: Model Eve ready for big Paris workload

TOP teen model Eve Connolly is Paris- bound once again as the world's biggest fashion weeks get ready to kick off.

However, it is not all croissants and French explorations for the 18-year-old who admits that she rarely has time to sample the true Parisian lifestyle.

The glamorous young model has warned that fighting for a place on the catwalk among Europe's beautiful elite is far from easy.

"It is exciting, but stressful at the same time," Eve told the Diary.

"You are talking about eight or nine castings every day and it is a big city, so you are running all over Paris.

"People think you are going on a big holiday, but it's not like that at all.

"I do love Paris, but I am there to work," she added.

The Celbridge teenager is no stranger to Paris Fashion week, last October she sashayed down the catwalk for Audra and Luis Buschino just weeks after passing her Leaving Cert with flying colours.

Eve, who is represented in Ireland by Distinct Model Management, is likely to be spending more and more time in the city of love as she is on the books of top Parisian agency City Models.

"Your agency sets up castings and you get a list of them to attend, but you never find out who you are walking for until closer to the shows," she explained.

The slender model revealed that there are still chances to have fun when she is not working her socks off attempting to win over casting bosses or strutting down the catwalk for the world's top designers.

"Last November I went over there for press shoots and my two sisters were there so at the weekend we got a nice little break and went to Disneyland, which was so much fun."

Eve will jet over to France at the start of February to attend castings for fashion week, but before then the young model said she will continue to work for spring shows at home.

And the teenager, who is growing used to the continual stiff competition abroad, appreciates how relatively laid back the modelling scene is in Ireland.


"I love Ireland and working here, you don't realise the difference until you leave and go abroad," she told the Diary.

"At the moment I have no plans to move abroad, I want to keep working here so maybe I can spend a few months overseas when I need to and then come home."

Eve has proved that she can do high fashion when it comes to taking part in designer fashion shows. However, she has not ruled out commercial work.

"It depends on the opportunities that come along, but I like mixing it up with shoots and shows," she said.

When she is not busy working, movie fanatic Eve said she loves nothing more than taking in a good flick or hanging out with her nearest and dearest.

"My family and friends are so supportive and keep pushing me; I wouldn't be where I am now without them at all," she said.