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Holly has what it takes to win Next Top Model, says Hannah


Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

FORMER Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model finalist Hannah Devane has tipped her pal Holly Carpenter to finish top in the next series.

But she has warned her fellow Dubliner not to let nerves get to her.

Hannah found fame on the show in 2011 and has since carved out a successful career for herself in London after being signed by First Model Management.

Now Holly is set to follow in Hannah's footsteps, after it was revealed that the girlfriend of rugby star Cian Healy has got down to the final 12 on the show.

The Sky Living show heats are still being filmed and the finalists won't be unveiled until the new series airs this summer.

Holly (22) has already won Miss Ireland and is signed to Andrea Roche's model agency, but sources close to the model say she is hoping to use the show to boost her profile across the water.

"If Holly is doing it, that's great; she's a good friend of mine and I think she's fabulous," Hannah said.

"She has a great personality so that will definitely stand to her on the show," added the 23-year-old.

While having cameras constantly in your face is not everyone's cup of tea, Hannah says that you forget about this almost straight away, although the nerves take longer to disappear.



"The main thing is not to let your nerves get in the way and go for it: it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance."

Making friends with all the girls and having fun is also important when it comes to surviving the gruelling summer of filming, says Hannah.

"Some of the girls were so nervous and worried about how they would come across so they didn't enjoy it as much."

Hannah was disappointed after she was sent home from the show while on a photoshoot in Dublin.

But the brunette has not looked back and says taking part was the best thing she could have done.

"Other than anything else, the show gave me a lot of confidence because I was a very shy teenager.

"For somebody like Elle Macpherson to see my potential helped me a lot and is one of the reasons why I have got this far."

And Ballsbridge native Hannah would welcome Holly to London with open arms, where she says Irish models are becoming increasingly popular.

"There are more and more Irish girls coming over to London and I think it is very important for us to be involved in the show."