She may only be 13-years-old but Stefania Egan, from Blackrock, is being touted as a potential future star on the UK modelling circuit.
Indeed the modelling world seems to be at the feet of the Dundalk Grammar student, who just last week landed a gig as one of the faces of Belfast Fashion Week.
Already standing 5’10, Stefania attended the launch lunch for Belfast Fashion Week last week, which will celebrate its tenth year in October. “She could be 6’2” says Stefania’s mother Anna Egan.
Both Anna and her husband Stephen have encouraged their daughter to follow her dream, provided she has an education to fall back on.
The teenager has been picked up by Belfast based talent agency CMPR, after they were struck by her portfolio which was submitted last year.
Modelling and fashion seem to be in the blood for the young fashionista, with grandmother Ann having modelled for Jacob’s Biscuits, while mother Anna, who accompanies her to assignments, was a fashion designer during her time living in Panama.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Stefania says she is looking forward to what will be the high point of her career so far.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Stefania, who is going into her second secondary school year soon.
“It’s been an honour to have been selected for fashion week.
“Everyone I have met so far have been genuinely lovely people, who have bent over backwards to make sure I’m okay and have everything I need.
“The fashion community in Belfast have been fantastic too, it’s a really close knit family.
“I will be the youngest model at the show.
Her feet remain firmly on ground however. “While I would love to carve out a career in modelling, having an education to fall back on is equally important to me.”
Just last week she featured in a double page spread in the Sunday World who described the aspiring model as a ‘runway success’.
Proud dad Stephen says her mixed nationality has maybe added to her striking looks.
“Her mother Anna is half Greek, half Panamanian and I’m obviously Irish. Her grandmother has also modelled.
“She doesn’t get it from me, that’s for sure!”