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Derbhilia Coogan has been taken on by prestigious John Casablancas International Model Management, the same agency who signed up a young Pamela Anderson.

After graduating with a degree in Humanities, Derbhilia decided to hot foot it on a Canadian road trip.

While there, she met with bookers from the established model agency, who signed her on the spot.

Since winning the Miss Kilkenny sash for the 2011 Miss Ireland contest, Derbhilia was bitten by the modelling bug.

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For the ensuing years, she worked the runway for Kilkenny Fashion Week, signed with Waterford based Prima Model Agency, and shot with internationally recognised photographers.

Independent Style caught up with an elated Derbhilia, to chat about her plans for the future:

How was your experience in Miss Ireland?

I found my experience in Miss Ireland to be rewarding on a personal and professional level as I gained a lot more confidence on stage, at press calls and photo shoots.

It also enriched my knowledge of the modelling world and opened new doors for me.

My portfolio expanded, and I gained invaluable experience in walking, posing and talking in front of an audience.

Do you think it’s tough to make it as a model in Ireland?

Modelling, like any job, requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to learn and be involved in challenging situations.

It goes without saying that there is competition in Ireland. I have worked with many excellent models including Karen Fitzpatrick and Sarah Morrissey; you have to be able to stand out from the crowd and bring your own uniqueness.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I am definitely ambitious- I have completed my humanities degree and I would ultimately like to be a secondary school teacher. I have deferred my higher diploma in teaching as I want to further my career as an international model.

In five years time I hope to have gained invaluable experience as a working model but also on a personal level..I see this as an opportunity for me to grow as an individual.

Best experiences as an Irish model?

Being signed to Prima Model Agency has been one of my best experiences as it helped to open many doors.

My favourite job was modelling on a Russian ship that docked in Waterford for the Tall Ships Festival.

I was also fortunate enough  to work  alongside Syvian De Leu, a French photographer who is a regular contributor to Vogue magazine.

Are you considering relocating to Canada full time for modelling?

I have a two year working visa so I want to utilise this as much as possible. I would love to say I will be still modelling but I have to keep my options open and finishing my education is very important to me.

Which models do you find influential?

Cara Delevingne stands out to me as she has achieved so much at such a young age. Canadian Coca Rocha has featured in many high profile advert campaigns so she influences me in my everyday working too.

Karen Fitzpatrick, being from Kilkenny, and who I have worked with previous at Kilkenny Fashion Week has done so well for herself in the Irish modelling industry so I definitely look up to her as well.

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