Katie Wins Modelling Contract

katieA local Ringsend girl has become Ireland’s next star model. Katie Chesher, left, was chosen as part of Irish Tatler magazine’s Star Model Search, which took place in the RDS at the Ultimate Girls’ Day Out event. The competition was open to girls aged between 16 and 21 and offered them a chance to get the model life.

Katie who’s just 15, and a student in third year at Ringsend College, always wanted to pursue the model life, so the competition was a perfect and unexpected fit. “I was getting my eyebrows done, and someone said to me ‘you should go over to the model stand, they’re taking people on as part of a competition’”, said Katie.

She was then brought into a room where her height was checked, pictures were taken and a preliminary interview was conducted. The next day Katie was a part of a competition filled with ambitious girls, all clamouring for the grand prize.

“We were brought up onto the balcony, taught how to walk, and then hit the catwalk,” said Katie.

After a period of competing, Katie had secured the top spot that included a three-year contract with 1st Option Models; a portfolio shoot with Barry McCall, a leading Irish fashion photographer whose work will feature in the glossy magazine Irish Tatler; a modelling workshop with model Angelica Salomao; and a one-year house model contract with Davey Davey.

“By searching for the next catwalk queen among our Ultimate Girls we think we have found a true star in Katie,” said Jesse Collins, Editor of Irish Tatler.

Although the competition started with a number of girls, it was whittled down to two, including Katie and a runner-up, Vanessa Deegan from Ballymun. The casting for the competition ran from August 24th-26th

By Liam Cahill