Thursday 18 July 2019

Ireland's real top models: Meet the Irish girls storming New York Fashion Week

Aine O'Gorman
Aine O'Gorman
Laura O'Grady walks the Delpozo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014
Tabea Weyrauch walks the Band of Outsiders Women's runway during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
The Model Scouts winner Tabea Weyrauch
The Model Scouts winner Tabea Weyrauch
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Chances are, you don't know their names (yet), but these girls are showing the photocall girls how it's done.

The next generation of supermodels have been born, and the good news is, they're Irish.

Contrary to the bikini clad photocall models who have become household names throughout the country, these girls are clawing it out in the world's biggest fashion capitals for the world's biggest designers at the world's single biggest fashion event - New York Fashion Week.

To even attend a casting is prestigious for any model, but these three Irish teenagers are making a name for themselves in the cutthroat fashion world.

Laura O'Grady, 19, from Castleknock, Dublin, Aine O'Gorman, 18, from Tipperary and Tabea Weyrauch, 19, from Foyleside, Co. Derry, are all working the runway at New York Fashion Week, with plans to tackle London and Paris next to show off the new season style.

Having just finished her Leaving Cert in June, Laura is striking while the iron is hot, and planning on walking at London Fashion Week next week, where she made her debut in February of this year.

But this week is all about New York as she walked at the Delpozo show, which saw the likes of Olivia Palermo sitting front row.

Meanwhile, rising catwalk star Aine O'Gorman, who was scouted at Oxegen 2011, is something of a Fashion Week veteran, having walked for countless couturiers at London, Paris and now New York in the last two years.

She is signed by Elite, who are responsible for launching the careers of Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour; and strutted her stuff for Cynthia Rowley earlier this week.

Leah Hibbert, the booker who 'discovered' Aine, spoke of her pride at what she hopes will be a "little star".

"One of the first girls I scouted when I joined Elite is an Irish girl called Aine O’Gorman," she said.

"One of her first jobs was the Roberto Cavalli lookbook, which she flew to Milan to shoot, after I scouted her at Oxegen.

"Since then she’s walked for many designers – Vivienne Westwood, Temperley, Jasper Conran, David Koma.

"She’s been modelling about a year and a half, so she’s still quite new.

"The girls tend to make it big after two, two and a half years, so I’m hoping she could be a little star."

Also representing Ireland on the international style scene is Tabea Weyrauch, who won the 2010 RTE series The Model Scouts and has so far walked for Band of Outsiders, Thom Browne and Mara Hoffman in the last three days.

After winning the reality show, she signed with IMG Models, who famously only sign an average of two girls a year, and have represented modelling superstars Gisele Bundchen and Tyra Banks.

This year may have seen the rise of the international Irish model, but there are several other up-and-comers who have taken a runway break, including Danielle Winckworth, 18, from Bray, who has walked for the likes of DKNY and Rachel Zoe; Jennifer Foley, 22, from Cork, who was named as one of Vogue's ones to watch in 2011, and Thalia Heffernan, 19, from Ranelagh, who plans on moving to London now that she has finally completed her Leaving Cert.

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