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Rising star Li Ann rubbing shoulders with fashion elite


Li Ann, Suki and Malaika

Li Ann, Suki and Malaika

Li Ann

Li Ann


Li Ann, Suki and Malaika

MODEL Li Ann Smal is juggling a busy study schedule at Trinity while rubbing shoulders with the fashion elite.

The Greystones girl has only just turned 20 but she has already been signed up to be one of the faces of Burberry.

Model-turned-actress Suki Waterhouse, who is dating Bradley Cooper, shared a photo with herself alongside Victoria's Secret model Malaika Firth and Li Ann behind the scenes on the latest Burberry fashion shoot.

It's not the first time that she's mingled with modelling elite as she previously partied with Cara Delevingne in Tokyo.

Just two weeks ago, Li Ann, who is signed with Distinct Models, featured in another editorial for the high-fashion brand in Vogue Korea.

Then last week, she returned to Dublin and walked in Brown Thomas' spring/summer preview. While the down-to-earth student might spend half her time flying around the world for her work, her base remains in Ireland and she's even studying for her undergraduate degree in psychology at Trinity College.

Li Ann joked about the pressure of balancing the busy demands of modelling with a tight college schedule.

"Laugh, laugh, laugh, it's all fun and games until you realise you're asleep standing up and you have an essay to do and you'll be up for 24 hours," she said on Instagram.

Li Ann said she might even draw from her experience of the fashion industry.

"I was thinking I might do my thesis on the industry and how it affects young models, because psychologically it can be draining," she told Hot Press.


"I'm only in first year, though, so we'll see."

Li Ann was chosen by Burberry to travel to Shanghai to open a store in the city earlier this year and spent time with Delevingne.

"We were all hanging out at the after-party, which was great because it was an intimate thing - there weren't any photographers," said Li Ann.