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I work hard - but I party hard too, says model Holly Carpenter (23)


Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

She's one of Ireland's busiest models at the moment but Holly Carpenter is keen to balance out her work schedule by "partying hard" at the weekends.

The Dublin model (23) spends her weeks doing photocalls and filming fashion slots for Xpose and Ireland AM, but come the weekend she lets off steam by going out with pals and hitting the festival circuit.

Top of Holly's list this summer is popular festival Longitude, which kicks off in Marlay Park tomorrow.

"I'm having a great summer - I'm working hard but I'm also making sure to party hard, which you have to do," Holly told the Diary.

"I'm going to Longitude at the weekend with some friends so that will be fun - I was at Forbidden Fruit back a few months ago too. I love the posey aspect of festivals.

"Unfortunately I'm going to miss Hozier because I'm going on the Saturday and not Friday," she added.

The Raheny native is just back from a sunny getaway in Bulgaria with her model BFF Thalia Heffernan (21).

Although she loved nothing more than a good party, Holly revealed the pair opted for early morning tanning sessions over late nights.


"The holiday was amazing - it was just one of those breaks that when you come back, you feel completely relaxed," she said.

"We didn't even drink much - we were up at 7am every morning and just lay out in the sun so I got a great tan, which is always a plus."

Thalia and Holly have long been close friends on the modelling circuit and Holly couldn't be happier her Ranelagh bestie has found love with bouncer Andrew McGuinness.

"He's lovely - I definitely approve," Holly said at a photocall for Haagen-Dazs at Leeson Street haunt House.

Since splitting with rugby star Cian Healy last year, Holly has been enjoying single life.

Recently, the former Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model contestant revealed she hadn't been on a single date this year.

"No, not dating anyone. I'm nearly single a year, which is the longest I have ever been since I was 17," she said.

"This year I have not been on a date, that's four months I guess. But there are a lot of nice guys out there.

"They need to be taller than me and I just love funny guys," Holly added.

"That's my number one - someone who can have the craic. Tall and funny."