Limerick girl set for American reality TV fame

Knocklong's Stacey Dineen to feature in The Fashion Hero

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Limerick girl set for American reality TV fame

Stacey Dineen will be a contestant on the modelling reality show in 2017

A TEENAGER from Knocklong is going to be a contestant on a new American reality TV series.

Stacey Dineen, 18, spent the summer in Montreal, Canada, filming the new show, which is called The Fashion Hero.

The show, which aims to promote body-positivity, is due to air in 2017, although official dates have not been confirmed.

“I was in shock that I was actually asked to go over for the filming of the show,” said Stacey.

More than 20,000 people applied for the programme, and around 40 were chosen by the public to appear in the series.

“I came across a casting call for a new American reality show, and I thought, ‘I have nothing to lose so I might as well apply’,” explained Stacey.

A curve model, Stacey said she has already been gaining fans online who are eager to follow the progress of the contestant.

Her Instagram account currently has over 18,000 followers and is growing quickly.

“It’s about changing the modelling industry, because the industry is toxic. You have to be a certain size and a certain height before you even apply to an agency, and it’s really dangerous because you often hear stories of models who starve before they go on the catwalk, and models being dehydration make their muscles show out more,” said Stacey.

“It’s a really toxic industry because it’s painting a false image for realistic bodies — if somebody who was plus sized looked at a magazine cover, they would feel absolutely terrible because they would see this slim, beautiful model on the cover, but she has been so airbrushed,” she added.

“They’re meant to be promoting beauty, but they’re photoshopping every photo. It’s such a false industry.”

Ms Dineen said she became close with the others on the show, and is actually planning to move to Los Angeles next year with a show mate.

“We were all like a big family, it only took us a few days to get friendly with everybody, because we had to bond with them, we didn’t have our phones during filming,” she said.

The hour-long pilot for the show was aired earlier this year on several major US channels, including Fox, ABC and CBS, but it’s not yet known on what channel the series itself will be shown.