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Jagger has breast cancer campaign in the bag

Georgia May Jagger with Brown Thomas concierge Ciaran Bass in Dublin yesterday. Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

WITH her mother's honey locks and her father's mega-watt pout, there is no mistaking the star genes that led to the creation of the dazzling Georgia May Jagger.

The 19-year-old model was in Dublin yesterday to launch a special Marc Jacobs tote bag in aid of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ireland at Brown Thomas.

Mick Jagger's youngest daughter smiled and chatted in cut-glass tones with a strong dash of her mother Jerry Hall's Southern charm, a slash of burnt-orange lipstick on those trademark lips.

She "loves" coming to Dublin, she said and was disappointed that it was just a flying visit this time round. "I love Ireland -- it's so green and beautiful here," she enthused.

She became involved in the breast cancer campaign because her aunt Terry -- her mother's twin sister -- contracted the disease and underwent gruelling treatment.

"I saw what she went through and cancer really does affect the family, too," she said. Holding up the designer bag that has taken a traditional jeer: 'Fight like a Girl', and turned it on its head, Jagger revealed that as a Tai Chi boxing aficionado, she "fights quite well, actually".

As she posed for the cameras, there was an excited rustle of paper and the chink of coins as two teenage fans pooled their money to buy one of the €35 bags for her to sign. The opportunity to meet a genuine star in the flesh. . . priceless.

"We absolutely love her -- she is so cool," said Hannah Coogan (16), from Malahide, and Laura Petherbridge (16) from Sutton. As for the bag? "We'll share," said Hannah. "It's for a good cause anyway," added Laura.

Breast cancer survivor Grainne Melly (39), from Rathfarnham, Dublin, said the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign was a good way for younger women to become breast aware. Celebrating her son's first communion in two weeks' time, Grainne confessed that at times throughout her illness she often wept, thinking she would not be around for this important landmark.

The Marc Jacobs tote goes on sale for €35 in BT2 and Brown Thomas stores today. All proceeds raised will go to Action Breast Cancer and Europa Donna Ireland.

Irish Independent