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We'll survive, says Assets boss as top models jump ship

MODEL boss Derek Daniels insists that his Assets modelling agency will not suffer following the loss of three of its biggest names this week; Andrea Roche, Pippa O'Connor and now Rosanna Davison.

The outspoken agent claims that none of the trio are bigger than the agency itself and believes that all will be easily replaced on the catwalk.

Daniels said that he was not in the least concerned about the possibility of aspiring model boss Andrea poaching any of the other big names signed to his books.

"I'm not worried at all," he said. "Girls will always move around, that's the nature of the business. It takes a combination of a lot of things to run a successful modelling agency and no girl is ever bigger than the agency.


"I know they're prominent people but let's be real about it, everybody's replaceable, including myself.

"In the last month I must have gotten ten girls in from other agencies. We're extremely busy and that's the bottom line," he added.

His comments came after Pippa insisted that the last minute cancellation of a photocall yesterday was merely due to a double booking and not linked to her decision to quit Assets.

The blonde beauty -- who officially left Assets last Monday to sign up to Andrea Roche's new agency -- had been due to join Georgia Salpa and Naomi Cullen for a shoot at Fitzwilliam Park yesterday morning.

The original photocall notice issued claimed that Pippa would be in attendance, but eyebrows were raised when a second notice was sent out without her name in the line-up, just hours before the event.

Assets model Sara Kavanagh was drafted in to help publicise The One Million Tonne Party, to celebrate the European Recycling Platform.

Pippa (26) meanwhile says that she and her former Assets bosses remain on good terms.

"There's no big story to it. I just had two other things on at the same time and couldn't make all of them," she said.

Daniels has already removed Andrea and Pippa from the website, however Rosanna's profile remains to date.

"We're very fond of Rosanna and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her well," he told the Diary. "But at the end of the day a lot of her work is abroad now so I wish her all the best with that. Then of course Pippa's getting married next year. Again I wish her good luck and indeed to Andrea on the launch of her new agency."

Rosanna meanwhile insists that she did not leave the agency due to any dissatisfaction.

"It was purely a business decision for me. I've worked with Andrea from the first stage of my career when I won the Miss Dun Laoghaire contest," the former Miss World said.


"I really feel that she wants to further my career. She has faith in me and wants to help me build my international career and concentrate on other opportunities outside of Ireland.

"I've had seven great years with Assets but I think it's time for a change and I feel this accommodates my changing interests, ambitions and career plan for the next few years."

Industry insiders have revealed how several other high profile models from a number of different agencies have also expressed an interest in moving to Andrea's new agency once all their loose ends are tied up.