A young Longford lady has started to make waves in the modelling world following a photo spread in this month's glossy magazine, Galway Now. Aisling Bennett (21) from Killoe is featured on the cover of this month's edition of the popular lifestyle and fashion publication.
"I was picked to do a modelling competition in Cork called UCC's Next Top Model and the photographer was Miki Barlok. He called me up a few weeks ago and asked me if I would do the Galway Now shoot with him. I was thrilled," said Aisling, speaking the Leader this week.
Aisling, who is a third year Arts student of English and Geography, at University College Cork (UCC), found her first professional photo-shoot an exhilarating experience.
"It was incredible. I really loved it," said Aisling. "I was used because I'm not your stereotypical model. They wanted more of an edgier look to the Christmas-Winter Season. It really was amazing and it will help in the overall modelling competition."
The finals of the UCC's Next Top Model will take place in March 2011 and the winner will receive a contract with Lockdown, a Cork-based modelling agency. They will also feature in a spread on a glossy fashion magazine.
Looking forward to the future, Aisling hopes to one day become a professional model.
"I would like to be a model. I am very short but with Irish modelling you can be a bit shorter," said the former Scoil Mhuire student.
Daughter of Damien and Yvonne Bennett from Killoe, Aisling has amazed her family and friends with this burgeoning new career track.
"They are all really surprised," she said. "Everyone is really excited. A friend of mine called me from Galway to tell me that she had bought 20 copies of the magazine! I think my brother bought out Eason's in Dublin."
In terms of her own style, Aisling loves her vintage and enjoys rummaging her way through thrift shops to find a look that she can call her own.
"I'm very into vintage and old school glamour. I like to add my own personal touch to items I pick up," she said.