Erin O’Connor

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Erin O’Connor : biography

09 February 1987 –

Erin O’Connor (born 9 February 1978) is an English model.

Early life

Erin O’Connor was born and brought up in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, England and went to Brownhills Community School (now Brownhills Community Technology College/Brownhills C.T.C). She was raised Catholic and her father is from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. On a school trip to the Birmingham Clothes Show she was spotted by a scout.

In other media

In 2001 she appeared as herself in the "Paris" episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

In March 2003, O’Connor was featured in a three-part Channel 4 documentary This Model Life. She writes a column for London Fashion Week paper The Daily Rubbish, contributes a regular blog to the British Vogue online, has written for The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and wrote and presented a documentary on fashion, Erin’s Model World, for BBC Radio 4.

In April 2009, she appeared as a mentor and judge on the Irish reality TV series The Model Agent for RTE 2.

On 20 May 2009, she officially opened the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee) VIP degree show preview night, "Designs on the Future", featuring amongst the various disciplines, a fashion show of work from both jewellery and textiles final year students.

In 2007, The Sunday Times considered her to be the 39th richest person under 30 in the United Kingdom, with an estimated wealth of 12 million pounds.

O’Connor runs the "Model Sanctuary," an area of relaxation for catwalk models between shows. , Retrieved 25 September 2011

She also co-founded the award winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk (with Debra Bourne and Caryn Franklin) a ground breaking initiative promoting diverse beauty ideals. All Walks is collaborating with colleges nationwide to add the concept of emotionally considerate design and diversity to the curriculum.

Modelling career

Her first published pictures were by Juergen Teller for issue 159. The Undressed Issue issue of i-D in December 1996. Accessed 2011-10-07 Accessed 2008-10-09 She has modelled on the catwalk for John Galliano, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Prada, Versace, Miu Miu, Jasper Conran, Giorgio Armani, Julien Macdonald, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chado Ralph Rucci, Badgley Mischka, and Dolce & Gabbana. She has worked with many leading fashion photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Mario Testino, David Sims, Bryan Adams, Nadav Kander and featured in magazines including Vogue, W, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Harpers & Queen, i-D, and Visionaire. She was on the January cover of British Vogue. Since 2005 she has been one of the faces of the British high-street chain Marks and Spencer and in 2008 she launched the haircare line for Toni & Guy, alongside Jamelia and Helena Christensen which has been already ceased., 25 Sept. 2011

Karl Lagerfeld has described her as "one of the best models in the world."

She is signed to Tess Management in London. Accessed 2011-10-07