Top model Thalia Heffernan: 'I'm addicted to tattoos
Leading model Thalia Heffernan said she gets tattoos and piercings so she can show off her personality.
The Dubliner has three tattoos and recently got her tongue pierced, which she said didn't hurt too much as she is "quite good with pain".
"I have weird rebellious phases where I like doing things like getting tattoos and my tongue pierced," she told the Herald.
While many would think getting inked is a big no-no in the fashion industry, Thalia said it doesn't affect her getting jobs.
"Some people have a concept that tattoos and piercings are ugly or not necessary," she said.
"But for me they're a very personal thing and I like them.
"They're easy to cover. I can bring them into work but if people don't like them, I can hide them.
"It is a bit of an addiction. I have to keep them small while I'm in this job, and in hidden places.
"Cara Delevingne and countless models have them done as well," she added.
The 20-year-old also feels it's a way of expressing herself.
"It can be difficult in this job to have a personality in yourself," she said.
"Since I was 15 I've been dressed up as a mannequin - changed to look as a certain designer wants for their dream to come true.
"So it's a personal thing to be able to mark myself, in my opinion, in a beautiful way, and to allow myself to be unique," she added.
One person who finds her unique is her boyfriend of 10 months, Andrew McGuinness.
"[Having a boyfriend] makes life easier with this job, because I've a little security," she said.
"It's nice to have the grounding, because you never know what you're up to with this job."
When asked what her new beau thought of her posing in lingerie or with other men on photo shoots, she said, "He's cool with it because it's my career".
"He finds it more glam than it actually is, because he's not in the industry.
"We're together 10 months. It's new, but we're solid and I'm really happy," she added.
While she has to watch her figure for the cameras, Thalia said her dream is to bake a lot in the future.
"I feel like if I get married I can get fat," she said
"I'd like to be one of those housewives who is always baking and has loads of baked goods everywhere."
She isn't hanging up her heels anytime soon but Thalia wants to go to college in the next few years.
"I'm hoping to study animal behaviour psychology at some point," she said.
"I love animals, so I'd love to work in animal reserves or on conservation projects.
"I have to travel for it though but it's on the cards. Hopefully, I'll do it in the next few years," she added.
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