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Top models Roz and Thalia are picture perfect


 Thalia Heffernan. Picture: Damien Eagers

Thalia Heffernan. Picture: Damien Eagers

Thalia Heffernan. Picture: Damien Eagers

HE has shot some of the world's top supermodels including Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon and Sophie Dahl.

But leading Irish fashion photographer Barry McCaul reckons Irish beauties Roz Purcell and Thalia Heffernan have what it takes to compete with the best.

The Dublin born photographer teamed up with top model Roz (far right) for the new and edgy fashion campaign, Edit, for Irish retail giant Dunnes Stores.



And Barry says that for the shoot he needed to show Roz, one of the country's most familiar models, in a very different light.

"She is quite recognisable so I said 'ok lets just pare everything back'," explained Barry.

"I think she looks absolutely gorgeous but we had to try and change the look."

While many Irish girls have tried and failed to break the tough international modelling scene, Barry thinks Tipperary girl Roz is US catwalk material.

The 23-year-old, who is dating the Voice star Bressie, spent some time in the States after being crowned Miss Universe Ireland in 2010 but said that she prefers to be at home for work. "Absolutely she could make it abroad," said Barry.

"She can do anything she wants and she's very clever as well.

"She's the type of person who knows what she wants," he added.

The photographer was also one of the first industry heads to identify the star quality in youngster Thalia Heffernan (below).

Barry was present at the Ranelagh teenager's first ever shoot and says it's not hard to see why she has gone on to sign with a top London agency at the young age of 18.

"I was working on Zoe Clarke's make up course when she came in a few years ago for her first shoot and she was only about 15.

"We called the agency straight away and said you have a serious girl there," Barry told the Diary.

"I was one of the lucky ones who got to photograph her early on in her career and I think she keeps getting better," he added.

Thalia, who is signed to Premier Model Management in the UK and Morgan the Agency in Dublin, still enjoys work at home and has said she is not yet ready to make the move to "lonely London".