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Holly's hell Former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter took laxatives to lose weight during modelling days

'I think I definitely felt a lot of pressure to lose weight' Holly explained.

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Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max at the park near her home on Stonybatter, Dublin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max at the park near her home on Stonybatter, Dublin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max at the park near her home on Stonybatter, Dublin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter has admitted that she would "lose the run of herself" by chain smoking and taking laxatives to lose weight during her modelling days.

The Dubliner won the Miss Ireland pageant in 2011 and competed in Miss World the same year.

She then went on to enter Britain’s Next Top Model in 2013 where she placed 7th.

Speaking on Síle Seoige’s Ready To Be Real podcast, the 29-year-old confessed that she struggled with her body image during this time and would do anything to stay thin.

“I think I definitely felt a lot of pressure to lose weight,” Holly explained.

“I think Miss World was definitely more about in terms of being pretty but it was more when I went on when I was 23 to do Britain’s Next Top Model, which was about being a model so that, in my mind, was about being skinny.

“That’s when the body image stuff really started for me because I was like, ‘Modelling is about high fashion modelling, you should be thin.’”

She told the host about the enormous pressure she put on herself, admitting that she didn’t care at the time that what she was doing was unhealthy.

Holly said: “I just remember I lost the run of myself before going [to Britain’s Next Top Model]. You know when you put so much pressure on something?

“I was training with a personal trainer twice a day, I was drinking black coffee, I was chain smoking, I was taking laxatives. I was doing anything that I thought would make the weight fall off me. I didn’t care if it was bad for me.

She added that issues with body image were rife but seldom spoken about.

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Holly Carpenter and her boyfriend Jamie

Holly Carpenter and her boyfriend Jamie

Holly Carpenter and her boyfriend Jamie

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“Back then, it wasn’t discussed. There weren’t podcasts, there wasn’t this ‘self love’ wave going on social media.

“It’s a really hard situation to understand and I felt like if I spoke about it, people would be like, ‘Why are you so obsessed with yourself?’... It actually was consuming me.

“I kind of felt this sigh of relief when I quit,” she added.

Holly’s appearance on the podcast comes just as she and boyfriend Jamie Hunt returned home from a trip away in Kerry.

She told Síle how their relationship came to be.

“Long story short, me and Jamie matched online at the end of September and we were just talking for a while and then he asked me out,” she gushed.

“We were able to go out for a €9 meal at that time so we had a short window where the bars were still open so we went out for dinner and drinks.

“Then we started doing some outdoor, wholesome dates which I hadn’t really done before.

“I think it was the most stripped back version of me that’s ever gone into a relationship and I think that’s why we got to know each other so quickly.”

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