Former Limerick model battling illness makes beauty final

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A FORMER model and beauty queen who suffers with a rare connective tissue disorder which affects her skin has been voted as one of the finalists in a competition to become the face of a leading beauty clinic.

A FORMER model and beauty queen who suffers with a rare connective tissue disorder which affects her skin has been voted as one of the finalists in a competition to become the face of a leading beauty clinic.

Lorraine McCarthy who was crowned Miss Trinity Rooms in 2007 is among 44 finalists in the nationwide search to become ‘The Face of Therapie Clinic’.

The striking 27-year-old who lives in Dooradoyle has modelled with the Holman-Lee Agency, but due to ill-health she has been unable to pursue her modelling career.

“One of the main reasons I entered the competition is that I would personally benefit hugely from many of the Therapie Clinic treatments as I have a combination of medical issues, one of which is a connective tissue disorder which now affects my skin in different ways,” explained Lorraine who is originally from Newmarket on Fergus in County Clare.

After endless hospital visits, Lorraine was diagnosed with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) - a group of disorders which share common features including easy bruising and weakness of tissues.

“I finally have answers and I’m gaining back the confidence I used to have. As of last year I had to finish up work entirely. I miss dealing with people, and the prospect of working on an ad-campaign, for however brief a time, is really exciting,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be entering competitions as a rule but they are kind of ahead of the trends in terms of the treatments and products,” she said of Therapie Clinic which specialises in laser and skin care and has clinics nationwide including at 41 Roches Street, Limerick.

The winner of the competition will be treated to a professional photo-shoot with a top photographer and feature in a high-profile national and regional advertising campaign. The Face of Therapie Clinic will also star in the next Therapie Clinic TV advertisement and will also walk away with a prize of €10,000 worth of laser, skin and beauty treatments from Therapie Clinic.

Lorraine says she was “over a moon” to be named as a finalist and was also “really taken aback” because she took what she described as “a risk” when sending in photographs for the competition.

Not only did Lorraine send a “pretty photo” of herself looking her best but she also sent in fairly graphic photographs showing the effects of her condition on her skin which can become very sensitive and even raw.

“I am an expert at concealing it,” said Lorraine who thanked all those who have voted for her, to date.

“There are even people sending kind messages who I’ve never met which is just lovely. This for me would be the opportunity of a lifetime!,” she explained.

Limerick is also represented in the final by another Dooradoyle girl - Jasmine Andrea.

Jasmine who is half Irish, half Iranian, says she would “love to do modelling and would see this as a great opportunity to help me start a career.”

“I have always felt comfortable around cameras and would do my utmost to make sure that I deliver the best look for your campaign,” said Jasmine on her profile which appears on the Therapie Facebook page for the competition.

“I have a great passion for the beauty industry and know how a simple beauty treatment can make a woman feel beautiful inside and out,” she added.

The public can vote for the Limerick girls by logging onto the Therapie Clinic’s Facebook page.

Voting closes on August 26 and the winner will be announced on September 3.