I'm delighted to still be booking jobs at my age, says model Sarah McGovern
Models have a notoriously short shelf-life but Sarah McGovern is quietly bucking that trend and is more in demand than ever at 38.
Sarah has been stomping the runways for 16 years since landing her first break and she told the Diary that she is "delighted" she's still booking jobs.
"I did a show last week and there was girls who were 16 and 17 walking beside me. I was looking at them thinking that I started modelling when you were born," she said.
"I was quite proud to still be walking beside them I have to say, but it's funny when you see them doing their homework and I have two kids.
"It's a nice compliment."
The blonde beauty admitted that her age can play on her mind "a little" but she knows that in Ireland the industry is much kinder to older women.
"You can model longer here which is great and you can move into a different bracket too.
"I think the Irish market is OK with older models, if we were abroad it would be different.
"I see people calling me 34 or 35 in the papers so maybe clients just don't know my real age," she joked.
Despite her success in the industry Sarah said she never expected to last this long.
"I didn't think I'd be modelling after my first child and here I am after two. As long as people keep booking me, I'll keep showing up. It's always lovely to have something different every day and every week. I'll be there as long as I can be," she said.
Having almost two decades of experience under her belt does have its merits. She now has a "common sense" approach to the ups and downs of the industry.
"You know that it could be anything from your eye-colour to your hair [that leads you to miss out on jobs]. You learn that it's not always about you personally," she admitted.
The busy mum also revealed that she has opted to stick to modelling after dipping her toes in presenting with Xpose.
With two small children there just wasn't enough time to put fashion segments together, she said.
Sarah will soon take to the catwalk along with some unusual runway-mates, the doctors who work in the hospital where she had her children.
This year's charity fashion show for the National Maternity Hospital (Holles Street) Foundation will take place on November 11 in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.