Tuesday 23 January 2018

Meet the Irish contestant set to wow the judges on Britain's Next Top Model

Alannah Beirne
Alannah Beirne
1983 Rose of Tralee, Brenda Hyland

Sean O'Grady and Amy Mulvaney

Meet Alannah Beirne, the Irish contestant set to wow the judges on Britain's Next Top Model.

Alannah, the only Irish model competing to win a contract with Models 1 on this year's series, has plenty of experience modelling thanks to her mother, former Rose of Tralee Brenda Hyland.

"Mum is a former Rose of Tralee back in 1983. She was very well known around Ireland after she won because she was the first ban garda to win the Rose of Tralee and she got a modelling career out of it," Alannah told the Herald.

The Naas woman (22) said her mother taught her everything she needed to know in order to become a model.

Trying out my new @ctilburymakeup.. love her stuff

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"She's taught me how to walk, how to present myself and basically how to be a model."

"She has her own business now. It's called the Irish School of Etiquette. She organises a lot of fashion shows and that," she said.

Alannah, whose stunning looks are reminiscent of those Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington Whitely, believes her athletic physique is best suited to the pages of magazines like Sports Illustrated.

"I'm really big into fitness, nutrition. I'm very sporty. I might go down the route of Sports Illustrated and promoting health."

No make-up testshoot with the fabulous @alexhutch

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"It's swimwear and lingerie. That's the route I want to go down," she said.

The aspiring top model said her time on the show was "an emotional roller coaster," made more difficult by not being able to speak to her mother.

"I found it really difficult on the show not being able to talk to her.

"We weren't allowed phones, magazines, diaries, TV, nothing. You're going through ups and downs, and it's such an emotional roller coaster and really mentally draining and exhausting."

1983 Rose of Tralee, Brenda Hyland
1983 Rose of Tralee, Brenda Hyland

Alannah also said she applied for the show on a whim.

"I saw it advertised in February last year. I applied online and it took me five times.

"Every time, it failed," she said.

Britain's Next Top Model is set to air on 16 March on Lifetime.

Happy Stephen's day shot by @alexhutch

A photo posted by ALANNAH BEIRNE (@bntmalannah) on


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