Meet Model, Singer & Marketing Executive, GirlCrew Kildare Member Hannah Foley
Caped crusaders are famous for wearing tights and having stuffy alter egos, while she doesn’t run around the place with her underwear over her clothes, GirlCrew Kildare member Hannah Foley, has the double life part down to a tee.
A residential Marketing Executive for Electric Ireland, in her spare time she is a Plus Size Model with LMT Casting & Model Management, “…along with being a fully fledged member of the Dublin Gospel Choir.” As a child Hannah was scouted several times for catalogue work, “but I never pursued [it] as I never felt good enough.” This may not be too much of a surprise as traditionally, modelling hasn’t had the best reputation for embracing women of all sizes. Thankfully the industry is starting to change and there are a growing number of successful models in the plus-size category.
“I look up to the likes of Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence and Robyn Lawley. These women have paved the way for models like me who may not be the perfect size 10 but still know how to rock an outfit and dress for their size.” This shift in mindset has had a huge impact on those considering a career in fashion and for Hannah the outcome has been overwhelmingly positive – “since joining LMT my confidence is growing and I am learning to love the body that I am in. Plus Size Modelling is about putting a stop to body shaming and in the last few years #stopbodyshaming has become a real movement within the modelling industry.” And it would seem this is something that Hannah is fully behind, “ultimately I hope to inspire women too whether you are a curvaceous or slender. Don’t let your size define who you are but do embrace it. We are all real women and we come in all shapes and sizes so enjoy it!”
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Being a plus size model means that no two shoots or runway shows are the same. Everything changes so quickly and you are literally thrown in at the deep end – but that’s the beauty of it.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Self-acceptance. Any type of modelling leaves you open to judgment, both positive and negative. But the worst judgment is how you judge yourself. With modelling I am learning to embrace the body I am in, flaws and all!
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Being signed by LMT Casting and Model Management – it’s an amazing feeling to know that people have faith in you and see something others don’t necessarily see, yourself included. There are a lot of exciting things in the pipeline which I can’t wait for.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Go into it with open eyes and a positive attitude. Modelling is a competitive industry known for its bitching and biting. Be prepared and you can run with the top dogs as well as any of them.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
A smile can disarm even the coldest of hearts. It’s true in and out of work.