Pippa O'Connor: 'I feel sorry for young girls wanting to model now'
Pippa O'Connor is one of Ireland's top models,and the mum-of-one certainly isn't envious of girls starting out in the industry.
The former beauty queen, who is married to TV presenter Brian Ormond, has just signed up as a new columnist for Irish glossy magazine and she gave some insight into her day-to-day life in her debut piece.
As she focuses on a career after modelling, Pippa said there are much more intense pressures with girls starting out on the catwalk in comparison to when she began 10 years ago.
"It's so different now and I sound like such an old granny, but it really is," she told U Magazine.
"Everyone promotes themselves on Facebook and Twitter and puts up, to me, crazy, provocative photos but they all do it. And that's the way it goes.
"It wasn't like that when I started but there is so much more competition. I feel sorry for younger people now because I think everyone has such a glam image of it all and it's not.
"It's definitely harder starting now I think because there's more competition and younger girls are so much more willing to put themselves out there that bit more."
Her dabbling in writing marks the latest move towards modelling retirement.
She's launched her new lifestyle blog Pippa.ie to much praise and became a first time mother last year to baby Ollie.
"I love being able to spend time with him," she added. "I know other mothers who can't because they have to go back to work. People write to me all the time, saying: 'Oh my god, my maternity leave is over' and it's only now I'm in the position with a young baby I realise how hard that must be.
"I feel fortunate I don't have to do that so I'm holding on to it as much as I can."