Originally from Birr, Co. Offaly, the 17-year-old initially comes across as a little shy, but once you get chatting he is outspoken and has no problem speaking his mind. At first glance, he looks like an angelic, long haired young country ‘lad’ strolling down the streets in what he likes to call his “street hippy” style (don’t mistake this for hipster). We met the country boy yesterday and had a chat about how he was discovered, what his goals are in the fashion industry and where he would like to see his modelling career lead to.
Tell us how you got discovered and what your experience as a model has been like so far?
I got noticed by Emma from Not Another modelling agency on Instagram from posting photos. She reached out to me directly and asked me if I would come up to the city for a day and take some pictures and just see how it goes. I thought ‘why not’ and just went along with it. A few weeks later I ended up doing a menswear look book for the agency’s sister company Nine Crows which was really new and exciting. It all started from there.
We know that modelling runs in the family. Your brother Ronan Murphy is also signed to an agency in Dublin and has been modelling for the past two years. Has he given you any advice since beginning your career in the industry?
My brother has been modelling for a while now and is doing very well. I never thought about doing it myself but from seeing his success, I now think I can do it too. The agency are bringing me over to London soon to meet with a couple of agencies over there that have shown some interest in meeting me. I’m not really sure yet what will be discussed but I’m excited to go and see what will happen next. I never thought I would be a model, it kind of just happened. But I’m really happy it’s happened.
You’re from small town Birr in Co. Offaly. Is it a big change for you coming to the city to do photoshoots? What is it like compared to your normal daily routine?
It’s exciting. It’s different from your everyday routine. I usually get up, hang out with the boys, work a bit and then head home, where as in modelling every thing you do is different and you meet and work with new people all the time. It’s exciting, it’s really exciting actually and I’m enjoying it so far.
Do you see yourself doing this full time once you’ve finished your final exams in school or is it just something fun and interesting to pass the time for now?
I would definitely love to see where it leads to. So far, I really enjoy doing photoshoots. I think my nerves would get to me if I was walking on the runway but I would like to give it a go and see how I get on. I think I would like the buzz from it. I’m looking forward to finishing school and seeing where this can take me. School passes the time for now but modelling is something that I want to continue doing.
And finally… can you describe to us your personal style and do you follow any current brands or trends?
No I don’t follow any brands or trends really. If I like something, I’ll buy it because I like it. I won’t buy it just for the brand or for it’s name. I’d say I have a very relaxed style and attitude towards fashion. It’s not hipster but kind of ‘hippy’ mixed with street wear. Like ‘Street Hippy’ if that makes sense. If I like it, I like it. That’s my style.