One To Watch: Upcoming Cork Model, Sophie Charrington
This week’s One to Watch goes to the stunning model Sophie Charrington from Cork who is taking the fashion world by storm. RSVP’s Susan Knox caught up with the 16-year-old sensation to talk all things modelling, fashion and style icons.
Hi Sophie! Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi Susan, I am 16 years old and just going into 5th year in school. I live at home with my Mum ,Dad and older brother. My interests are make-up, fashion and basketball. I play basketball competitively U18 with my club Brunell , and have been playing since I was 8 years old.
When did you first get into modelling?
This summer I was lucky to get a part time job in Vows wedding store and on their website. I modelled many of their debs dresses and I liked doing this a lot, but before that I wanted to get into modelling because I like following fashion and make-up.
What has been your most favourite shoot to date?
To date I have only done 2 shoots and they were both completely different looks. My first shoot was with Eric Barry (blink of an eye photography). With Eric I did a high fashion sophisticated look. My 2nd shoot was with Charlie Cashman and this was more casual, urban setting. I enjoyed working with both photographers as they made it fun.
What has been your biggest achievement in life so far?
My biggest achievement so far in life is winning my U14 basketball Ireland medal with my club. We are a great bunch of girls and I enjoy training with them every week.
Who is you fashion icon, or who do you think always looks amazing?
My favourite fashion icon is Audrey Hepburn as she oozed style and sophistication. I love the make-up and fashion from that era, and to me she was always a step ahead of fashion with her own individual look.
If you could get some tips from any top model, who would it be and why?
I would love to get some tips from Tyra Banks as I am a fan of America’s next top model. I think she really understands the young girls starting off in the modelling industry and is able to give advice and constructive criticism, to get the best out of them.
What is your go-to casual outfit?
When I’m relaxing I usually wear sweat-pants and T-shirts because they are so comfy to hang out in and I also wear denims and a nice over top.
When you feel like you have nothing to wear, or you don’t feel right in your clothes, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
To make myself feel better I like to go out for lunch with my mum to have a catch-up.
If you had to give any other upcoming models some words of advice, what would they be?
The only advice I can give is to be healthy and look after yourself, and I think you should always be yourself.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
That’s a long way away but I hope to be studying either fashion design or something along those lines in college and also focusing on a modelling career.
If you could only wear one makeup item for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I usually don’t wear a lot of make-up but I think my favourite make up item is my eyelash curler because it opens up your eyes.
Can you give us an insight into the typical day in the life of a model such as yourself when you’re about to do a shoot?
Prepare my clothes the night before, get a good night’s sleep, go to a shoot with very light natural make up and always have a positive attitude going in.
Do you have any exciting projects coming up?
I have just been signed with Vivienne McCarthy and Emer O’Sullivan for Lockdown models and I am hoping to be involved with Cork Fashion week.
Interview by Susan Knox