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big apple beckons Thalia Heffernan is ready to try New York after turning head of A-list model agency

The Dubliner was due to move to New York in 2020 after meeting with international modelling agency IMG Models, whose clients include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, and Hailey Bieber.

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Thalia Heffernan

Thalia Heffernan

Thalia Heffernan

Thalia Heffernan has spoken of how the pandemic got in the way of being signed to the same modelling agency as Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid.

The Dubliner was due to move to New York in 2020 after meeting with international modelling agency IMG Models, whose clients include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, and Hailey Bieber.

Thalia (25) explained that she returned home to a promising email from the agency after their meeting.

“It basically said, ‘we haven’t had an Irish girl who could be a supermodel, but this might be it,’” Thalia told Independent.ie.

“When I got that email from IMG, I felt that excitement I had felt when I was 15.”

However, soon after Thalia’s meeting with IMG, the pandemic hit, putting a dent in her plans to move to New York.

But the Dancing With the Stars contestant revealed that lockdown actually turned out to be a relief as it gave her a break from her busy working routine.

Before Covid-19, she was constantly travelling back and forth to Germany for work.

“I was living out of a suitcase, on planes, trains, cars. I barely slept, barely got time to see my family, Ryan, my dogs. I felt that I was living for the next job, but not actually living at all,” Thalia explained.

“Lockdown was kind of — I hate to say it — a blessing for me. It stopped me in my tracks.”

Thalia is now living in Armagh with her dancer boyfriend Ryan and their two dogs and said that while it is her “safe space,” she realises now that she needs to grasp the great opportunities that come along and is set on moving to New York when she can.

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“I think lockdown is funny, because it brings you together in a way that no other environment would. So that also brings a whole new set of fears; going to New York is like my limbs are going to be left here, while my body goes away.

“But I have to. Because I do want to. That’s where the two sides really begin to fight with each other. I love comfort, but I also loathe it. I need to get out of that comfort zone.

“If I don’t do it, I’ll never know, and I don’t know if I could live with myself,” she added.

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