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Thursday 17 January 2019

Model pupil - from class to catwalk

Bright future: Now Danielle's off to London Fashion Week

She's about to make her London Fashion Week debut but school comes first for Irish teen Danielle Winckworth.

The transition year student from St Gerard's School in Bray will hit the catwalk for designer John Rocha this week.

In this fresh-faced photo, Danielle (16) shows the stunning looks that caught the eye of a top model agent.

Jacqui Turner of Morgan the Agency told the Herald that since she signed on their books last year, Danielle has received an enormous amount of international interest, and has just signed to an agency in Paris.

"They certainly want her to go over, but because she has braces, she is slightly limited with regards to travelling," Jacqui explained.

"She has taken off so well, but we are cautious of sending her abroad too early. She is going to London Fashion Week this week, and working with John Rocha.

"He loves her, she's been doing fittings here in Dublin all week."

Jacqui explained that although she is generating a huge amount of international interest, her first priority is to finish school before embarking on a full time catwalk career.

"She's stunning, absolutely amazing. Agencies abroad will often look here in Ireland for girls, and now about 90pc of the enquiries are about her.



wary

"We've had a huge response from abroad in relation to her. There was interest from Miami, when they came over to scout for girls. Again, we are quite wary of sending her over there.

"We wouldn't send her to Miami yet, she's going to finish school first," she said.

And in spite of her young age, she is earning a reputation as the consummate professional.

"She's very professional and easy to deal with. It's a pleasure working with her," Jacqui said.

"She's only been modelling for a few months, she came in July last year, but the summer months are quiet. So she only really started to work come September when she did her first editorial.

"The main thing would be to get her finished in school, then look at travelling. She might travel during the summer months, but the industry is very quiet then."

And modest Danielle said she tries not to take herself too seriously and avoids getting caught up in the glitz and glamour of the industry.

"I never expected to be working as much as I am," she said. "It's been a great experience and I love meeting all the interesting and talented people in the fashion world."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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