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Thursday 15 November 2018

'Amanda Byram and I just couldn't compete with UK models' - Yvonne

Presenter Amanda Byram
Presenter Amanda Byram

Yvonne Connolly has revealed how she and close friend Amanda Byram tried their hand at modelling in London during the early days of their career but they weren't fans of the city.

Former Assets model Yvonne (44) was one of Ireland's busiest models and also worked in Toronto and Madrid.

However, she has no regrets about not spending more time developing a career in the UK.

"Myself and Amanda Byram, years ago, went over to model in London and we came home with our tails between our legs," she siad.

"We were up against girls who were two feet taller. They were freaks of nature and I mean that in a good way."

Yvonne told how she felt the modelling industry was almost like a community in Ireland as it was much smaller and everyone knew each other.

"We had it good over here. It wasn't just a job over here. It was social, the lifestyle. It was a small community. We came back and we were quite happy to come back.

"We found London hard to mingle and social and we just missed Dublin. Dublin was a great place back then and it still is a great place," she said.

Amanda (45) did find success in the UK as a TV presenter. She began her presenting career on Ireland AM in 1999 with Mark Cagney and by 2001 she was presenting Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.

Makeovers

The Castleknock woman also presented the British edition of Entertainment Tonight, which aired on Sky One, while she was also well known for hosting game show Total Wipeout.

She then made a name for herself in the US when she presented prime-time reality show The Swan, which followed groups of women as they underwent extreme makeovers through having cosmetic surgery.

Yvonne has also transitioned to a TV career and regularly appears on TV3's The Six O'Clock Show, while she also took part in Celebrity MasterChef in 2013.

Despite her success in front of the camera, the mum-of-three admitted she doesn't miss the job requirements that came with her previous career.

"My memories of modelling, because we were in Ireland, it was shooting summer in winter and winter in summer.

"You would end up in the middle of winter, shooting bikinis in St Stephen's Green, freezing. I don't miss it. I don't miss the people because I still see them," she said.

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