Limerick’s Jessica turns heads in model contest

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A COUNTY Limerick student who made it to the final 10 in a model search which had over 600 entries, is hoping to use the experience to make her mark in the modeling industry.

A COUNTY Limerick student who made it to the final 10 in a model search which had over 600 entries, is hoping to use the experience to make her mark in the modeling industry.

Jessica Cuddy from Murroe was enjoying the Ultimate Girls Day Out - a style and beauty extravaganza in Cork - when she was approached by Trish Fallon from 1st Option Model Agency to enter the Irish Tatler Model Search.

“She just came over and said she liked my look and that I was really tall. I had to do a five to 10 metre walk and they just asked me basic questions about myself,” explained Jessica who is studying to become a secondary school teacher.

The 23-year-old who lived in London until the age of 11, won the model search final in Cork and as a result went forward to the national final of the competition in the RDS in Dublin.

Jessica had to do an audition in front of a judging panel made up of Ireland’s fashion elite, Trish and Jules Fallon of 1st Option Model Agency, Barry McCall who is a leading fashion photographer and Jessie Collins, editor of Irish Tatler.

“They brought me up to Dublin and put me up in a hotel. My mum came up with me on the day and I think she was more nervous than I was. The 10 of us were brought separately into a room to meet the judges. It was the same thing again, we had to walk for them,” she added.

And while she didn’t win the model search, Jessica hopes to use the experience to pursue a part-time career in modelling. She will however, continue with her studies.

“I am going back to college in UCC in three weeks time to do a H-Dip in English,” Jessica explained.

She already has a commerce degree from the same university and hopes to become a secondary school teacher of Business and English.

The blonde beauty who stands at almost 5’ 10” made the final of Miss Limerick and Miss Spin South West in the past. “It was a good opportunity. It’s good for your confidence as well to do something like that,” she said of the Tatler Model Search Final.