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Model student chooses classroom over catwalk before the big time hits

A Dublin schoolgirl is courting interest from top UK and US modelling agencies, but has insisted that the books come first.

Donnybrook girl Thalia Heffernan (16) is currently juggling school work and modelling, and her reputation as a potential superstar is growing by the day.

Her Dublin-based agency Morgan says she attracts incredible attention every time she appears in a new photoshoot.

Agency boss Rebecca Morgan says: "She has been in huge demand since she started with us, she is such a professional. It's amazing how many people call us after every shoot she does. There has been interest shown from agencies abroad. A lot of them have seen her picture online and want to book her".


"She does everything from Kiss magazine to Stellar to editorial work, and fashion shows in London. We would definitely support her interest in modelling abroad," Rebecca said.

And Rebecca has hit back at recent media criticism of size 6/8 teen Thalia being too thin.

"She's a good, healthy eater. Unfortunately, these things come with the territory of being a model and being in the media. People will try and twist things. It's definitely annoying from her point of view, but she has boobs and a bum, like any normal girl," she said.

Thalia, who hopes to have a career similar to her modelling idol Agyness Deyn, says she will definitely be getting her Leaving Cert first.

"I love doing fashion modelling and I want to go abroad to do high fashion work in London, New York and other big fashion cities.

"I want to visit agencies before I do the Leaving Cert so that when I'm finished I will have everything ready.

"For now, though, education is my main priority, and I want to get a good Leaving Cert result so that I have something else other than modelling for when I'm older," she explained

The aspiring catwalk queen revealed that she decided to start modelling last year after being scouted on a number of occasions.

"I thought I would give it a go after my mum booked me an appointment with Morgan The Agency at the end of summer last year. I had also been scouted a few times by photographers."