Tabea Weyrauch: Model scout winner reveals her wild side
WITH her smouldering eyes boring into the lens, cutting cheekbones and gazelle-like figure, The Model Scouts winner, Tabea Weyrauch, bears an uncanny resemblance to Hollywood beauty, Keira Knightley. And she works the camera just as impressively. But this provocative world of fashion, photo shoots and intense grooming is still pretty new and dreamlike to the Derry girl, who beat off thousands of auditionees from all over Ireland to win the RTE show.
Tabea only turns 18 next month, lives at home with her parents and is studying for her A Levels - yet since winning the show, and a year’s contract with the world’s most prestigious modelling agency, IMG, she’s been working her school socks off on the world’s top catwalks walks, including the runway at Paris Couture Week.
The young stunner joins Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole, Heidi Klum and Liv Tyler on IMG’s books, so it’s safe to say that her future looks very bright indeed.
And here, in these exclusive shots, Tabea reveals her wild side in her first campaign for Irish high street fave, Awear, as she showcases this season’s classy trend, safari chic.
Speaking from Paris, Tabea, who was born in Hamburg but moved to Derry when she was six, says: “Here it is all haute couture, but you wouldn’t wear it on the street. It’s more about giving you ideas, then it dissolves down to the style we see on the high street. I love the way women are interpreting the high-fashion safari trend and making it their own.
“I don’t have style icons. I just look at what people in the street are wearing, how they’ve taken inspiration from the cat catwalks and made it more wearable. I love the ’70s look this season, the wide-legged trousers and maxi dresses. And Awear has mixed these looks with safari brilliantly - just look at the animal print jumpsuit.
“My fail-safe outfit for looking good is usually a blouse worn with a pretty skirt and boots. Luckily, there are so many gorgeous blouses for me to choose from this collection.”
So, wild ladies, take inspiration from the our newest fashion icon - dive into the animal world and get your paws on bold animal and graphic prints. More reserved fashionistas should opt for a toned-down take on the trend by channelling their inner zoo keeper with khaki utility classics.
Tabea is right, the buzz word for the Safari Chic collection is most definitely ‘separates’. Neutral trousers, shorts and skirts are must-have wardrobe staples as they are perfect for mixing and matching. And blouses with pretty prints and delicate skimming materials are classically feminine - just like this modest model .
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