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Sunday 17 December 2017

Switching agencies a waste of time for models, says Gillian

STRUGGLING models are wasting their time trying to reignite their catwalk careers by switching agencies, according to glamorous catwalk queen Gillian Quinn.

The Kildare-based model told the Diary she believes Dublin is becoming over saturated with agencies, as rumours swirl that a fresh batch are set to crop up here within the next year.



Threat

She said that agencies like Andrea Roche's much-hyped new venture pose no threat to the capital's long-established fashion reps.

The striking brunette, who is one of the country's most successful models, said there is not enough work here for all of the competing agencies and models to make a good living.

"There is only a certain amount of work," she told the Diary. "It doesn't really matter who the agents are. Certain girls are always going to be popular no matter who they are signed up with."

But savvy Gillian believes leggy catwalk models do much better in the industry in the long run than photocall favourites, like Georgia Salpa.

"I think photocall girls have an expiry date that is much shorter than fashion models. They get over-exposed very quickly and are replaced," she said.

Svelte Gillian, who also works part-time as a Pilates teacher and is married to ex-footballer Niall Quinn, admitted that the recession has hit the industry hard.

Many of the best known models are now forced to get second jobs on the side, including hosting gigs in some of the city's top nightclubs.

The yummy mummy of two said she did not see the point of models jumping ship to other agencies as it was unlikely to boost their careers. Iconic blondes Rosanna Davison and Pippa O'Connor recently ditched Assets to join up to Andrea's new agency.

Several other top names are also rumoured to be considering ditching their various agencies to join them.

Gillian said she would be shocked if any models represented by 1st Option, which also represents her and her daughter Aisling (16), switched over to another agency.

"I don't think the new agencies popping up will affect our agency. I would be shocked if anyone moved," she added.

Gillian was speaking at the launch of the new Kinect experiential centre on Grafton Street, which is open to the public to test out new games until October 31.

--AA

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