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Lar Stoutt

Lar Stoutt

Lar Stoutt

A SOLDIER not long home from Lebanon has signed up as one of the brightest young faces of Ireland’s biggest modelling agencies for 2021.

Lar Stoutt (24) from Curracloe, Co Wexford joined the Irish army because he loves being part of a team, has a competitive nature and is a keep-fit fanatic and after a quick email to Assets Modelling Agency before Christmas, he couldn't believe it when found himself in front of the professional camera lens

“I come from a boyish background, so I know there’s people telling me to get over myself, but my dad, Frank, always told me to follow my heart and forget about what other people think," says Lar who is with the 3rd Battalion, Kilkenny.

“I came across an ad on Instagram for Assets Modelling Agency and I sent in three pics of myself and next think I know, I am sitting on a chair in a studio posing for pictures for my portfolio, and sure we’ll see how it goes.

"Doing this interview is the start of it, the photographer, Stephen O'Neill, made me feel really comfortable and he showed me a few poses but it was grand, it was only for an hour and I did my best.

“I don’t want to come across as arrogant, but often people would say I should do modelling. I’d love to do acting too.

"I did an on-line life coaching course on my downtime in Lebanon and it made me think about opportunities out there.”

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Derek Daniels from Assets Modelling Agency says: “He has a great face; he looks good and he looks after himself. I know my clients are going to love him. Just look at that face and he was utterly professional for his portfolio shoot and it did not take long for him to get comfortable in front of the camera. He is going places."

Lar says: “Lebanon was a unique experience for me, living and working there, it is so different to home, it's rocky and the heat, although I do miss the heat, I have to be honest. There was a bit of sunbathing.

"I have been in the army for four years now and I love it.

“I was over there for seven and a half months, there were a few incidents while I was there but nothing that I want to talk about.

"I offered to tutor kids English and that was genuine fun, there were about 15 to 20 of them and they were second-class age, they would run up to me and tell me they loved me every day.

"It was extremely cute. I also did a charity walk, 42km with 14 kgs on my backpack and that was the hardest challenge I have ever taken on, it took 5 hours and 35 mins if you can just imagine the dessert heat.

"It was like walking in that heat for that long, but with a toddler in your back. We were delayed coming home because of Covid-19 so we decided to do something good. I will never forget it.

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“I came home in June, in plenty of time for Christmas. The modelling sounds like fun to me and it will get me out of my comfort zone. My girlfriend Chloe is delighted for me, she’s very supportive.”

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