Sunday 19 August 2018

Model Sarah Morrissey hits out at 'ridiculous' number of Irish women getting cosmetic surgery: 'It's a shame'

Model Sarah Morrissey launches the new Christmas space at Arnotts. Picture: Photocall Ireland
Model Sarah Morrissey launches the new Christmas space at Arnotts. Picture: Photocall Ireland
Model Sarah Morrissey launches the new Christmas space at Arnotts. Picture: Photocall Ireland
Model Sarah Morrissey
Her white fringe skirt and white blouse shouldn't work, but she rocks it
Sarah Morrissey
Sarah Morrissey
Despite lagging behind the European average, Irish shoppers are snapping up style brands such as V by Very, which has just launched its spring summer collection, on the internet Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Sarah Morrissey being crowned Miss Ireland in 2006
Sarah Morrissey being crowned Miss Ireland in 2006
Sarah Morrissey at the VIP Style Awards 2011

Sean O'Grady

Sarah Morrissey thinks it's a "shame" that many young Irish girls are going under the knife for cosmetic surgery.

The former Miss Ireland, who is one of the country's busiest models, reckons the recent increase in lip fillers and other cosmetic treatments, inspired by celebrities like Kylie Jenner, isn't good for young women in the long run.

"I think it's become so accessible that people are getting done because so and so has it done," she said. "I think that's ridiculous. I think it's a shame. We're all not supposed to look like each other."

The mum-of-one wonders whether people who go under the knife will be as happy with the results in a few years.

Sarah Morrissey
Sarah Morrissey

"Also I just think, if you look like that when you're 20, what are you going to look like when you're 40? You don't need it when you're so young. I don't think they need it," she said.

"If you're only getting it done because someone you know down the road got it done, that's not a very smart reason."

After 12 years at the top of her game, she said she recognises the fresh difficulties facing newer models, who are under more pressure than ever because of social media.

"I think it's harder for girls now because they rely so heavily on it. It's not very nice," she said. "You constantly have to strive for perfection and it's not real. That's hard. A lot of jobs expect you to Instagram and all that so it's part of the job now, which is fine, but you can become consumed by it."

Sarah Morrissey wears Maticevski Top €787, Skirt €2,018 as she showcased the exciting new spring summer International Designer Collections at Brown Thomas. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Sarah Morrissey wears Maticevski Top €787, Skirt €2,018 as she showcased the exciting new spring summer International Designer Collections at Brown Thomas. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Sarah, who is mum to nine-month-old Sadie with her husband Pat Jennings Jnr, reckons the hardest part of her career on the catwalk is that she never knows where her next job is coming from.

"The worst part about it is the unpredictability. You don't know how busy you're going to be next season," she told the Diary.

"It's that waiting to find out if you're going to be busy. 'Should I get another job?' That kind of thing. It's very uncertain."

Speaking about her daughter, the former Miss Ireland said Sadie already rules their household. "She has totally changed our lives. She rules the house, we pander to her every need. She's walking already and is flying around the house," she said.

Sarah Morrissey being crowned Miss Ireland in 2006
Sarah Morrissey being crowned Miss Ireland in 2006

And she hopes to add to her family down the line. "I feel so blessed to have her that if I'm lucky enough to have another one I would love to, but I have her so I don't mind," she said.

Sarah was speaking at the opening of the new Christmas shop at Arnotts. The shop is on the second floor of the department store and has more than 4,000 products and 1,000 styles to choose from for the festive season.

Herald

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