Irish woman misses out on Top Model search
PLUS size model Kate Sullivan Vogelaar has made her mark with UK model bosses, coming third in the prestigious Top Model UK competition in London.
The curvy Waterford model is on the books of Ireland's only plus-size agency, V+ Models.
This week she travelled to the UK to take part in the Natural Beauty category.
A place in the top three is a sign that the industry is changing and becoming much more accepting of curvier women, the delighted model pointed out.
Talented Kate was the only plus size model to make it to the finals of the search.
It is not surprising that she has garnered attention of the UK's leading model bosses as she has been posing for the camera since she was just five when she modelled for The United Colours of Benetton.
The final round of the worldwide search for the next generation of catwalk queens was held in the glamorous surrounds of the Hilton London Metropole over the weekend.
Kate wowed on the night when she appeared on the red carpet with her glamourous grandmother Anneke Vogelaar.
The curvy model recently appeared on Brendan O'Connor's The Saturday Night Show to lend her support to the Stop Body Shaming Campaign which is designed to educate people about body image and the fact that it is not OK to judge anybody on their appearance alone.
Designs on global scale
IRISH designers are set to get a huge boost as a new initiative plans to put them on a global scale.
The Global Irish Design Challenge invites designers of Irish lineage across a range of disciplines to submit work which will reflect contemporary Ireland.
On-line entries for the Global Irish Design Challenge will go live in April and run until September 2015. A high-profile international panel of experts will judge the entries.
The competition is part of Irish Design 2015 - a year-long Government initiative.
More information can be found at www.irishdesign2015.ie/globalirish
Fresh taste for beer
BEERTAILS have made their way to Dublin thanks to a new Scandinavian-Asian restaurant on South Great George's Street. Soder+Ko is the first place in the city to offer revellers the chance to taste beer flavoured cocktails.
The unusual hybrid of Scandinavian and Asian cuisine is also a first for the capital.
Music at Söder+KO will be an eclectic 'grown up' mix of disco, house, funk and soul brought together by some of Dublin's top DJs.