She has always been proud of her pale skin and red hair, and it seems that Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh’s look is working wonders for her in China.
The chatty model is just back from a whirlwind trip to Asia and is already planning her return journey after she was asked to work with a top TV channel over there.
The 24-year-old, who is the face of So Amazing in Ireland, spent two weeks in China’s Guangdong province, working with companies that supply the fashion brand.
“All the shoots I did were for a catalogue so they want me to go back in a couple of months and shoot their new season collection,” Aoife told the
“While I was there, I did a 20-minute interview on Guangdong radio, the biggest station in China, and it has a listenership of a quarter of a billion people so I had to talk really slow and clear,” she said.
Through her association with the network, the Tipperary beauty caught the eye of TV channel CCTV.
“They are really interested in doing some TV work the next time I go over; they are going to follow me on location and film me on my shoots,” she said.
“They want to look at what it’s like for me coming over to China, so I have that to look forward to in the next few months as well.”
The Dublin-based model, who will hand over her Miss Ireland crown this summer, enjoyed meetings with several Chinese model agents during her trip, but she is not quite ready to up sticks and leave her home for foreign pastures.
“I met with two agencies over there and they were really keen to take me on, but so much so that they wanted me to move to China,” Aoife said.
“It is a big commitment so I wanted to give myself a bit of time to think about it, but I am definitely going to consider it.”
After initially flying into Hong Kong, Aoife quickly got to grips with the Chinese catwalk as she strutted her stuff at a trade fair and got some insight into how the country’s fashion industry works.
“I have never seen anything like it before; it’s such a massive stage so I was delighted to walk the catwalk and there were a lot of potential clients there,” she said.
“It was really nice to work with photographers and agents in the Chinese industry and to compare and contrast what it is like in Ireland.
“Even the way they do your hair and make-up is amazing so it gave me plenty of food for thought.”