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Tuesday 22 January 2019

'There’s a risk I wont be able to have children' - model Hannah on painful condition

Hannah Devane Brian Rolfe
Hannah Devane Brian Rolfe

She was scouted by Elle Macpherson in Brown Thomas while she sheltered from the rain in 2011.

Now, model Hannah Devane has opened up about a painful condition that could stop her having children.

Hannah (27), from Ballsbridge, came seventh in the 2011 series of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.

Fast-forward six years and the ex-UCD student is working on campaigns for Burberry and Net-A-Porter in London and daydreaming of her wedding next summer to Serbian fiance, Nemanja Bukanic (29).

Although life seems perfect for Hannah - she has also just bought an apartment with her fiance - there's serious concerns for the future.

Last year, Hannah was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that occurs when tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.

Not only is the condition painful, it can lead to infertility.

"While I'm not looking to start a family right now, there's a risk," said Hannah. "I won't know for sure until I try to have a baby."

Hannah has started to blog (heelsandhormones.net) about the condition to raise awareness among other women.

"When I was younger, I didn't think about kids, but I've grown older and I'm engaged and getting married next year. I'd love to have a family one day but it's not imminent. I'm busy with modelling but it is something I think about."

Hannah is due to get married to her long-term love Nemanja, who works for a food company in London.

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"We have just bought our first apartment, so there'll be no time for sick days as I'll have a mortgage to pay," said Hannah.

"I do look at my friends buying in Dublin for much cheaper but I love London and it's home. It's the place where I came to find more opportunities and I have, and I'm very lucky.

"Some weeks you might think 'oh no, I haven't got the work', but the trick is to have faith. It always works out. You need to stay positive. The next week you'll have great work.

"I still do jobs with girls of 17 and 18 and that's great but I also work for brands who want a model for a more womanly role.

"You do face rejection in modelling in London but it's the same in any city in the world. I've been told I need to lose weight in the past but I've never compromised.

"If it isn't good for my health, I won't do it and it just means that company isn't right for me and something else will come along.

"Your health is your wealth and my experience in the last year has really showed me that."

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