A three-year-old Irish girl has been taking the world of fashion by storm as she appeared on the runway at a prestigious show.
Allie Farrell modelled a range of children’s clothes by UK designer Debbie Holden at Paris Fashion Week.
Allie’s mother Stacey has helped her to capture the attention of designers in Ireland, the UK and as far as the US by regularly posting photos to her Instagram page.
Stacey says that Allie has been modelling clothes for months and gets excited everytime a new range arrives at her door.
Stacey said: “What started out as just me putting up pictures of Allie on Instagram has snowballed into her having 9,000 followers and a number of children’s designers contacting us offering her clothes to model for their catalogues.
“Allie gets to keep the clothes free of charge and she loves the whole experience of putting on all these lovely new clothes and getting her photograph taken.”
Things moved onto the next stage earlier in the year when Stacey was contacted by Debbie Holden about the possibility of Allie flying to the world’s fashion capital to take part in Paris Fashion Week.
Stacey explained: “Back at the beginning of February we were asked by UK designer Debbie Holden if Allie would be available to model her clothes during Paris Fashion Week.
“We actually couldn’t believe it and Allie was so excited as she couldn’t wait to try on the new clothes and meet new friends in Paris.
“She spent the whole month practising her poses and her walk and we travelled over last weekend with Allie’s two grannies and her aunty.”
It was a huge experience for young Allie who got live her dream and also got a valuable insight into the workings of the fashion industry and how hardworking the top models have to be.
Stacey said: “It was such an amazing experience over there and the hotel where the fashion show was on was so exclusive. It was great to see what goes on behind the scenes and how busy the models are.
“Allie did really well and Debbie was delighted with her. She was a bit star-struck in the beginning with all the cameras and lights but she was fine after a little while and ended up having great fun on the catwalk.
“At the minute she adores what she is doing but as a parent I’m fully aware that could change anytime. There is no pressure on her at all and as soon as she stops enjoying it that will be the end of it.
“To see your daughter take part in the biggest and most famous fashion show in the world is something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling