Two young friends from Co Kildare are taking part in the prestigious Top Model UK Finals in London on St Patrick's Day.
Emma Gavin (18) from Maynooth and Lucy Watson (16) from Clane are both below the industry height norm at 5ft 3 and 5ft 5 respectively.
However, as more and more plus size models grace print and runway campaigns, the petite or shorter models have their icons also with Twiggy (5ft 6), Kate Moss (5ft7), Eva Pigford (5ft 5) and Devon Aoki (5ft 5).
Emma won Miss Teen Ireland in 2015 and has used her title to inspire and encourage other young girls to achieve their dreams.
Emma has already appeared on RTE Radio One as well as TV3's Ireland AM.
Emma has made lots of other public engagements and modelled for several organisations promoting her support for several charities with amazing causes.
Emma has spoken out about bullying in the Mansion House Dublin with the charity Addiction Recovery Ireland which provides counselling services for people who have suicidal thoughts, and appeared in several newspapers promoting The Live Out Loud Charity in Chicago where Emma is a current ambassador which deals with suicide prevention, depression, anti bullying and core character development.
Emma has walked in several fashion shows in Chicago for the LOLC and in the Drake Hotel for fashion designer Leandro Mullet for Fashion Bar Chicago.
Just last year Emma produced her very first fashion show in Ireland for the LOLC (founder Sherrie Gearheart) alongside her mother Lorraine Gavin and Una Williams.
Emma is also doing her Leaving Cert exams this summer and has a very busy year ahead.
It has been a great honour to be selected for Top Model UK in the Natural Beauty Category and Emma would like to raise as much money for this worthwhile charity Children. With Cancer UK.
Lucy Watson is no stranger to Top Model UK, competing last year and being awarded a top Beauty award.
Lucy also competed at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles as part of Team Ireland, in 2014 and 2015, originally adding modelling to her singing and dancing as an afterthought, but finding she loved it so much and was good enogh to be chosen as a grand finalist in casual and formal modelling against competitors from 60 other countries.
While in LA she attended bootcamps with representatives from LA Models and many talent and casting agents. She returned home both years with many medals.
Lucy currently attends Talented Kids Stage school, where she learns dance, vocal and drama. She has performed on many of Dublins theatre stages like the Olympia, Gaeity and Civic theatres.
Lucy has been taking part in many local fashion shows to raise money for charity including Emma's LOL charity fashion show.
She has also had many of her photos printed in online fashion magazines.
Lucy suffered from crippling anxiety as a child that still continues today, and is hoping to inspire other teenagers and kids, by showing that having anxiety doesn't mean your life has to stop, with the right support and coping tools, you can achieve anything.
She is thrilled to once again be part of Top Model and support its wonderful charity partner Children with Cancer UK.
Top Model UK is in its 10th year and is a bone fide model search that also raises funds for charity, this year it is supporting children with Cancer UK.
And this year its charity ambassador and grand finalists mentor is the fabulous Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud.
Many of the past winners of top model have gone on to be signed to agencies in the uk and abroad and some have walked at london fashion week. Lucy will be competing in the commercial category and Emma in the natural beauty category, and both girls will walk 3 times, twice dressed by designers and once self styled.
The two friends will travel together to London ahead of the 17th March black tie finals in January for training and February for fittings.
Both girls are enthusiastically supported by their very proud family and friends.
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