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Irish models are storming the Paris Fashion Week catwalks

Irish models are set to storm the catwalks in Paris this week for next year's spring-summer collections.

Enniskerry native Avice Maughan is only 16, but she's set to make her debut at Irish designer Simone Rocha's show.

The beautiful brunette has said she finds it "surreal" balancing her burgeoning modelling career with school, but she has already developed an impressive work ethic.

"It's so amazing to have such a great opportunity like this," she said. "It's all still so surreal. I really just can't believe how lucky I am."

Castleknock beauty Laura O'Grady is signed to Select Model Management who represent top faces including Agyness Deyn and Pixie Geldof, and at only 19 has landed a coveted catwalk contract with Saint Laurent.

She has also shot editorials for Elle and Vogue magazines over the past few months.

"I am definitely more of a runway/editorial model based on my look," she told the Herald.

"Anything high-fashion is really up my street and is something I have a really strong passion for."


Former Model Scouts contestant Sarah Taylor has been the choice of many a top designer since appearing on the RTE2 show.

Last season she worked with Prada and Alexander McQueen and modelled for Badgley Mischka and Diesel at London Fashion Week this month.

The Co Down native, who is signed to top agency IMG, has already taken to the catwalk for leading designer brand Acne Studios.

It's not just models flying the flag for Ireland in Paris.

Dublin designer Rocha has a show and has made it to the cover of Women's Wear Daily in the US.

She also has celebrities including Beyonce and Rihanna waxing lyrical about her creations.

Northern Ireland designer Sharon Wauchob is also set to show her new collection in Paris tomorrow.