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Friday 25 July 2014

Models should quit Ireland, says Hannah

Top model Hannah Devane has urged aspiring models to get out of Ireland if they are serious about furthering their careers.

Dublin beauty Hannah (23) is making waves on the London catwalk scene after deciding to challenge herself and try other options.

And she says that more Irish models should go abroad if they want to carve out a successful career.

"Modelling doesn't last forever so I think that, if you have ambitions to model, then you should try everywhere," Hannah said.

"I think more Irish girls should go abroad -- there is a great market out there," said the Ballsbridge native.

Hannah shot to fame in last year's series of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model which has just announced Dannii Minogue (right) as a judge.

"It was a brilliant opportunity to springboard myself and I see that experience as nothing but a positive.

"We have some hidden gems in Ireland; girls might not be able to model here but they could do brilliantly internationally."

Despite her initial disappointment at being sent home in 10th place, Hannah says that her platform on the show made her passion for modelling even stronger.

"It definitely encouraged me to stick at it because it's hard to get your foot in the door," she said.

Hannah made the move in October after she was signed by First Model Management in London. She is also on the books with Dublin agency Andrea Roche.

And while the brunette is grateful to Andrea, she is enjoying the challenge across the water.

"I was very lucky to be busy over here, but I think there are more opportunities over there."

Hannah is making the most of her versatile look as she enjoys photoshoots as well as stints on the catwalk.

"I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to try London as well."

Hannah flew home for Christmas on Wednesday and is looking forward to spending time with her family and her Serbian boyfriend, Memanja Bukanic.

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