Monday 15 July 2019

Meet the 20-year-old Derry model who's already a runway veteran in New York and London

Tabeal walks the runway at the Roksanda Ilincic show at London Fashion Week AW14
Tabeal walks the runway at the Roksanda Ilincic show at London Fashion Week AW14
Tabea at Joseph A/W '14
She also stunned at the Roksanda Ilincic
A model walks the runway at the Emilia Wickstead show at London Fashion Week AW14
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish model Tabea Weyrauch is one of the handful of girls who can say they successfully transitioned from reality star to international runway supremo.

The 20-year-old catwalk queen, from Foyle, Co Derry, has walked for more than 50 international shows for some of the world's most exclusive designers including Anya Hindmarch, Calvin Klein, Roksanda Ilincic and Emilia Wickstead - and that's just this year.

Despite her young age, Weyrauch has been a fixture on the global style scene since winning RTE reality programme The Model Scouts in 2010 at the age of 16, and subsequently landing a contract with IMG Models.

She's a regular at New York Fashion Week, however she gave it a miss this year and chose to focus on ruling the runway at London where she modelled for the previously mentioned brands as well as Joseph.

And she's an avid social media user, keeping her fashion fans in the loop.

Many of her shows include an A-list front row, including US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Olivia Palermo, Samantha Barks, Yasmin Le Bon and Tinie Tempah among the names who saw her strut her stuff at London Fashion Week.

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She was discovered in 2010 when she auditioned for the former RTE show at Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry and said she never expected anything out of it.

“I would probably have taken a gap year to think things through anyway, and right now I can think of no better way to spend my transition years," she previously told The Derry Journal.

"When I look back it really shocks me to realise how much I’ve grown in such a short period of time, it’s amazing how much travelling changes you.

“So although I had no idea that my life would turn out as it has, I’m really happy I went to Foyleside that day!”

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