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Model beauty Li Ann's off to Big Apple to pursue catwalk dream

SHE has already modelled for fashion powerhouse Burberry and now Wicklow model Li Ann Small has her sights set on conquering the US.

The 19-year-old has rubbed shoulders with some of the world's biggest fashion stars, including model of the moment Cara Delevingne, during her short but soaring career so far.

And with plenty of experience both on the runway and in front of the cameras already under her belt, the Greystones teenager has decided to try her luck in New York.

Li Ann has garnered interest from some top model agents in Manhattan, including Ford Models, and is scheduled to fly over in August for meetings.

She may be accompanied by her Irish agent, Anne Morgan, who runs Distinct Model Management in Dublin.

Dark-haired beauty Li Ann has been on the books of Distinct for the past two years and has been modelling full-time since completing her Leaving Cert last summer.

The leggy teenager, whose mother is from Malaysia, has to-date enjoyed shoots for W Magazine, Elle Girl Japan and Stella Magazine, in addition to working for ASOS and Puma. Li Ann was introduced to her UK agency Storm by model boss Anne Morgan, who told the Herald that she has what it takes to go all the way. But nothing could have prepared her for what is a massive coup in the industry - getting the nod from Burberry's Christopher Bailey.


To mark the opening of the fashion giant's new flagship store in Shanghai, the design label flew Li Ann over for a special runway show, alongside A-lister Bradley Cooper's other half Suki Waterhouse. She was also chosen to be the face of a limited collection for the luxury brand.

Among Burberry's celebrity fans are reality star Kim Kardashian, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker.