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Next Top Model was so different to my usual look

I competed on Elle McPherson's Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model (BINTM) in 2012 and I managed to get as far as episode 12 before I got eliminated.

I almost made it to the final of the competition, but it wasn't to be.

In terms of Elle (inset below) and the look that they generally go for on the show, it's so different to how I would normally look.

When I was over in London, it was all, 'hair back and no make up' so it was all back to basics.


It's nice to layer on the tan and hair extensions and false lashes because I couldn't do that before.

Now it's like every day is a Saturday night out.

I was over in London for about six months the year that I entered into BINTM after signing up with an agency.

I found it difficult, very tough being over there as a model because it's a very competitive scene in London but I still found that it was a great experience, a real eye-opener.

I got to meet people from all over the world.

Sometimes it was an advantage because agents would be scouting for an Irish-looking girl so that was great because you could monopolise on it.

As it's such a big city, it just felt like you were much more out there on your own.

And given the amount of girls modelling over there, you were almost guaranteed that you wouldn't meet the same girl on another job again.

I have to say, I much prefer the modelling scene in Ireland, where I'm signed with Andrea Roche's agency.

Over here, you know most of the girls in the fashion shows and we would all go and have lunch together and have a chat.

All the girls in Ireland are so friendly and when we have shows or shoots together, it's like being at work with a group of your close friends.