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Juggling modelling with motherhood is easy, reveals Kerri

MODELLING and motherhood is a winning combination according to new girl on the block Kerri Nicole.

The Kildare woman (22), who is on the books at Andrea Roche's agency, is mum to a one-year-old baby girl.

And little Kayla looks set to the follow in her mum's footsteps as she is also on the books for commercial modelling at the same agency as her mum.

Kerri says the short days and flexible hours that come with modelling assignments means she has more time to spend with her daughter.

Kerri first hit the limelight after she was crowned Miss Kildare in 2009.

When she was pregnant last year, Andrea, who wed Rob White in Ibiza recently, decided to sign her as she was in demand for maternity shoots.

"Andrea's brilliant", Kerri told the Herald. "She is very personal. She's like a friend as well to everyone."

Kerri regularly features on the small-screen, with viewers of TV3's Ireland AM and Xpose familiar with the pretty mum-of-one.



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She said she has no trouble juggling her career with being a mum, "I kind of work everything else around her (Kayla), to be honest. She's my world," she explained.

The young mum says she is lucky because Kayla is an unusually quiet baby.

"She's very good, really. Even since I first brought her home from the hospital she would always sleep through the night; I've never had to get up," she recalled.

Baby Kayla's quiet nature and bright eyes have landed her a contract with the commercial division of Andrea Roche modelling. Her and mum Kerri have recently modelled together for a campaign for Penneys.

Given that she's from Kildare, it will surprise few that Kerri has an avid interest in horses -- which also extends to her daughter.

"Kayla's godmother Camilla Speirs is an Olympic eventer, so I go to the shows every year anyway," she explained.

Camilla is one of the bright stars on the Irish Equestrian team and at 23, is the youngest member of the eventing team competing at the London Olympics this weekend.

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