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Model Tia wants to shake up the Irish fashion industry with more plus-sized girls

Plus size model Tia Duffy has returned from New York and is hoping to shake up the Irish fashion industry.

Tia (25) recently modelled for Dunnes Stores and feels that being hired by a big brand was a great move forward within the modelling industry.

"I modelled for Dunnes and that was quite a moving moment for me," Tia told the Diary.

"I'm not sure if they had ever used a plus size model before, but it was for lingerie which was a big deal for me. I'd love if other big chains started booking plus size models. Dunnes have also said that they'll book me for their Spring/Summer collection launch which would be amazing."

New York

And while she's experiencing success as a model here, the Assets model admitted that it's a totally different scene in Dublin compared to New York.

"People always say that when Irish models who go abroad to work in fashion tend to go really far because it's so competitive here and everyone is trying to get the same jobs. So when you travel, you have the same mind frame and you work just as hard but there's more opportunities so you tend to go further," she said.

"I got every type of job in New York from lingerie shoots, TV work like their version of Ireland AM, as well as doing catwalk shows.

"I'd be at castings every day and in Manhattan plus size modelling was just a really normal part of the industry there," she added.


The Finglas native even filmed a documentary about her time in New York and is hoping to head back to the Big Apple to film a follow-up next year.

"I met a former Irish journalist Jenny McQuaile there and she's working with huge stars in New York and we filmed the documentary about modelling and body image and self esteem," she explained.

"We're hoping to film another part, following on from where we left off and maybe pitch it to TV stations.

"When Jenny premiered the documentary at the Soho theatre, there were some directors and producers there who were talking about making it into a TV show, so I'm hopefully going to head back in March and work on that," she added.

Tia is hoping to pursue an acting career as well when she heads back to the States.