Wednesday 22 November 2017

Irish teen Clara rocks the catwalk during NY Bridal Fashion week


While most Irish 18-year-olds are planning their debs, model Clara McSweeney is making her mark on the catwalk.

The Cork native sat her Leaving Cert just a few months ago and now she's in New York working for some of the world's top designers during the city's Bridal Fashion Week.

The svelte blonde, who has been modelling since the tender age of 15 after being discovered by model agent Andrea Roche, put the stress of her studies behind her as she made her Big Apple catwalk debut.

The pretty teen, who stands at a statuesque 5ft 11ins, strutted her stuff down the runway as she modelled Indian-American designer Naeem Khan's intricate wedding dresses.

Clara, who regularly models for Brown Thomas, was also selected by JLM Couture to showcase their bridal designs during the event.

Along with being represented by Roche's agency in Ireland, the Kilmurray girl is also represented by Elite models in the UK and was recently signed to the books of model giant IMG - the same agency that represents Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Karlie Kloss.

While Bridal Fashion Week may be her first major work in the US, Clara is no stranger to the catwalk, having previously walked the runway for labels including Bora Asku and PPQ during London Fashion Week in 2013.

Despite her success in fashion, Clara previously told the Herald she doesn't intend on making a career out of modelling.

"I want to be a veterinarian. Modelling is something to do really - it's good for money and experience. I'll see how it goes," she said.

Clara isn't the only Irish beauty making waves in the international modelling scene but looking to a future beyond the runway.

Despite fronting a campaign for British fashion house Burberry, Dublin beauty Li Ann Smal (21) said modelling is taking a "back seat" for her while she studies psychology in Trinity College.

However, Li Ann admitted she's hoping to travel the world before settling into a career. I don't really know what I want to do yet, I'm just going to float around," she said.

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