Tuesday 12 December 2017

Thalia Heffernan: 'Living in an airport is hard, but it's worth it in the end'

Thalia Heffernan modelling for Brown Thomas S/S '14
Thalia Heffernan modelling for Brown Thomas S/S '14
The Irish model is signed to four different agencies


Fashion bosses, photographers and even fellow models love her.

But Thalia Heffernan has no plans to become a catwalk queen in London and New York.

The 18-year-old, who is currently signed to four different agencies across the world, said fashion bosses across the water feel she is best suited as a commercial model.

And the striking blonde wholeheartedly agrees the high fashion world isn't for her.

"I think I am more commercially placed abroad," Thalia told the Herald. "Personally I feel that I prefer to do that kind of work and I still do all the shows in Ireland so I walk for them."

So don't expect her be strutting her stuff on the catwalk for some of the world's biggest fashion weeks next month, but do expect to her see fronting some high-profile fashion campaigns.

Thalia, who spent five weeks in New York at the end of 2013 where she was signed to top model agency Ford, is just back from London where she shot for online fashion chain Misguided.

As well as Ford in New York, Thalia is also signed to Premier Model Management in London as well as Morgan The Agency in Dublin and another in Hamburg, Germany.

With early wake-up calls and constant travelling, the international modelling industry can be a tough cookie, as Thalia now knows.

"The whole novelty of it does wear off a little bit when you are in the airport and all the shops are closed and you have nothing to do for two hours, plus you are dead tired. "But I mean it's worth the outcome and I really do love it still," explained the Ranelagh native.

Self-confessed "home bird" Thalia is in talks about returning to New York around March, but she's enjoying the busy season at home. The Dubliner was strutting her stuff for the new Brown Thomas season launch yesterday and despite her globe-trotting antics, she said she'll always be loyal to her home clients.

Thalia was joined by fellow model Roz Purcell as she showed off some of the new Brown Thomas spring collection from bright pinks and pastels to quirky Celine numbers.


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