Wednesday 21 February 2018

Model behaviour: Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly. Photo: Daniel Holfled
Lynn Kelly. Photo: Daniel Holfled
Lynn Kelly. Photo: Daniel Holfled

Sinead Van Kampen

Lynn Kelly is a successful Irish model and former Miss Universe Ireland. Gracing the glossies as well as being a regular on our TV screens. Independent Woman caught up with Lynn to share some style tips and beauty secrets as well as to find out if modelling is all it's cracked up to be.

Where do you get your fashion fix?

I usually shop vintage and will go to London with friends to get the best bargains. I buy a lot of vintage pieces and I also restyle by adding beading or cutting sleeves - I like to look individual. If I'm doing the stores I love Zara, H&M and Topshop and as my Nanny works at Penney's I make sure I'm the first to get the new stock.

Who would you describe as your style inspiration?

Oh God it ranges! I love Alexa Chung, The Olsen Twins, Diane Kruger and definitely Chloe Sevigny. On the subject of styling I like street-style and take my inspiration from everyday people who dress with imagination. I find that quite inspiring.

Is there a look that you're sorry has gone out of fashion?

No, not really, I don't follow trends so if I like something and it suits I'll wear it.

When it comes to beauty what's your routine?

On the beauty front I'm low maintenance. E45 and Johnson's wipes for dry skin and getting my make-up off and a friend of mine works in MAC so I get a discount on their products. There are also a couple of cult buys I couldn't do without but basically it's moisturiser and Vaseline. As I only ever wear make-up when I need to, I do manage to keep a lid on the spending.

Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?

Adverts don't really make me want to buy things, though I will buy something if I like it. I love a good bargain and as I don't really follow trends too much I pick up items depending on how I'm feeling at the time. I suppose I just dress for how I feel.

What's the best advice you've been given and by whom?

Simple. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise .... from my Nanny!

Do you have a favourite make-up artist ?

If I had to choose it would be Derek Carberry who did the make-up for my Miss Universe shoot. The way he contours is amazing and I absolutely loved the finished result. I also work with Paula at Brown Sugar who is an absolute genius in my eyes.

Is modelling glamorous or is it hard work?

I had a shoot with a nine foot Python not too long ago and I've done bikini shoots on a freezing beach in the middle of March. So, modelling certainly isn't as glamorous as it looks . But the good things far outweigh the bad and I wouldn't change my job for anything. If it ever got to the point where that changes then I'll look for a career change.

What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is the different range of work I do. You're never doing the same job twice so it's usually something completely different each day. Irish models get booked for a wide range of work, so it varies between commercials, fashion shows and TV slots and as I pretty much do everything I feel pretty lucky. What more could I ask for?

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I'm a homebird so dinner with my boyfriend or having the girls over to mix cocktails and watch the X Factor!

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