Sunday 25 March 2018

#TBT: Ireland's top models and their first photocalls

Nadia Forde in 2008
Nadia Forde in 2008
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ah, the way we were.

This week, we dug through the archives for some of Ireland's best known models in their first foray in front of the camera. 'The photocall' as a modelling concept might be fading fast, but we'll always have fond memories of its noughties heyday.

(L to R) Georgia Salpa in 2006, Rosanna Davison in 2003 and Nadia Forde in 2008
(L to R) Georgia Salpa in 2006, Rosanna Davison in 2003 and Nadia Forde in 2008
Thalia Heffernan always had potential as is evident in one of her earliest shots for A Wear in 2011.
Now: Thalia Heffernan pictured at the ‘Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch 2015’ in aid of ‘Teenline’ at The Dean Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods.
In 2003, new face Vogue Williams joined new agency Compton and rocked the signature Nicole Richie/Simple Life get-up of that era.
Vogue Williams made her first appearance at the 2015 IFTAs in a business on the bottom, party on top kind of dress.
Except for the chunky stripe hair, very little has changed about Sarah McGovern (pictured here in 2001), who's clearly doing something right.
Now: Model Sarah McGovern in recent promotional work. Photo: Anthony Woods
Former Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey would have a been a 2006 style icon in this cropped cargo short and silk strapless top.
Now: Sarah Morrissey is a fitness fanatic. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
In 2009, Roz Purcell (far left) tried her first hand at the photocall scene, which she is now queen of.
Now: Roz Purcell at an Arnotts event. Photo: Anthony Woods
(2008): Pre-I'm A Celeb, Nadia Forde was one of Ireland's go-to photocall models, whose pictures were guaranteed to land. And she clearly was willing to do anything for a shot.
Now: Nadia Forde seen in a bikini on Santa Monica beach in LA. Picture: Splash News
Michele McGrath might be a panto queen now, but in 2006, she was posing with scratch cards with the best of them.
Now: Michele McGrath is a panto regular
2008 is proof that model Lynn Kelly has barely aged a day. We can only imagine the fate of this dress.
Now: Lynn Kelly at the Assets Christmas Party 2015
Freshly crowned Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison landed a campaign with Newbridge Silverware and proved her prowess in front of the camera.
Now: Rosanna Davison in 2015
(L to R) Aoife Cogan and Sarah McGovern launched the now defunct A Wear in 2001.
Now: Aoife is pictured with her husband Gordon D'Arcy and daughter Soleil at Taste of Dublin
Dublin model Karena Graham's career began in 2003. With some blue steel by a pond.
Now: Karena Graham on the pink carpet in advance of Strictly Against Breast Cancer
Catwalk queen Karen Fitzpatrick's first photocall in 2002 should have been the first indication her career would be stronger than ever 14 years later.
Now: Karen Fitzpatrick wears Dolce & Gabbana at the Brown Thomas S/S '16 show
Before winning the Miss Ireland crown, in 2009, a then-blonde Holly Carpenter donned the photocall attire du jour - sexy construction worker.
Now: Model Holly Carpenter at a Littlewoods event in The Dean, Harcourt Street
Before FHM and Celebrity Big Brother, Georgia Penna (nee Salpa) emerged as one of Ireland's freshest new models.
Now: Georgia prefers life away from the limelight
Emma Waldron in 2010 is proof that some people just can't take a bad photo.
Now: Emma Waldron works as a model and lives in New York
Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh kicked off her campaign for the crown in 2012 with a bikini photocall at The Wright Venue.
Now: Aoife Walsh at the Pride of Ireland Awards

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