03 Jul 2022

Former Offaly Rose beautiful Brianna blooms on catwalk

Offaly’s Rose of Tralee in 2011 Brianna Connaughton is carving out a new modelling career for herself.

Offaly’s Rose of Tralee in 2011 Brianna Connaughton is carving out a new modelling career for herself.

Beautiful Brianna was selected as the winner of the Simply Be Curvy Competition in 2009 by Gok Wan before going on to become the Face of Simply Be as Miss Curvy 2010.

These successes spring boarded her into the Plus Size Modelling world where she has gone from strength to strength over the last 3 years!

Brianna was the Cover Girl for that year as well as continuing to promote the brand and encourage Irish women to embrace their curvy figures. Brianna has been blazing the trail for up and coming Curvy ladies to get out there and flaunt their curves and embrace the beautiful bodies they have been blesses with.

Brianna is a stronger of female beauty- being unbiased to size, shape, colour or height, “Being womanly is beautiful- every type of body is beautiful- confidence is beautiful!”

In early 2010 Brianna began modelling with Prima Models in the South East and at the end of 2010 the Andrea Roche Model Agency opened its doors to Brianna in the agency’s infancy stages.

Since 2009 Brianna has graced our screens with regular appearances on Xpose, Ireland Am , Live 4 and Off The Rails. She has travelled the length and breath of the country doing photo shoots and fashion shows like Xpose live, Woman’s Way RDS Shows and numerous charity events, as well as becoming a regular on local radio and in local and national media, although all this only seemed to be scratching the surface of what was to follow for Brianna.

At the beginning of 2012 Y Models in Cape Town in South Africa signed Brianna to their agency and they have been eager to get Brianna over to meet interested potential clients!

Brianna has also been in talks with a number of agencies in New York who are showing interest in her moving stateside in the new year to continue her modelling. 

Brianna has done all this in addition to her full time day job as a Youth Justice Co-ordinator. Brianna works with young people aged 12-18 who are involved in offending behaviour to divert and prevent their future offending encouraging them to live positive pro social lives.

Brianna completed BA (Hons) degree in Applied Social Studies in Waterford Institute of Technology and is currently also doing a Masters by research (through WIT) on desistance in young Irish male offenders.

Brianna was also the Offaly Rose in 2011 and volunteers with the Make a Wish Foundation.

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