Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - IN THE NAVY - Pho­tog­ra­phy DUN­CAN KILLICK Styling MA­RINA AFON­INA Words AL­LEY PAS­COE

It’s New York Fash­ion Week and a 22-year-old model wear­ing a Chanel dress is watch­ing Kanye West per­form at The Plaza Ho­tel. Wel­come to the life of Me­gan Blake Ir­win. The Aussie ex­port says at­tend­ing the af­ter­party was crazy: “I was stand­ing next to [su­per­model] Carolyn Mur­phy and the pres­i­dent of IMG Mod­els, watch­ing Kanye and think­ing, ‘Life can’t get much bet­ter.’”

The Ade­laide-born model re­lo­cated to New York six months ago and has set­tled right in. But Ir­win’s life isn’t all A-list par­ties and de­signer gowns. “The

``i was at the plaza watch­ing kanye and think­ing, `life can´t get much bet­ter´´´

glam­orous side [of mod­el­ling] is very glam­orous,” says Ir­win. “But there’s also the side where I’m run­ning around try­ing to find a dress from a mil­lion stylists in 35-de­gree heat.”

It’s while she is run­ning those er­rands that Ir­win is of­ten fol­lowed by the pa­parazzi. She makes head­lines al­most ev­ery time she steps out in pub­lic, but says the at­ten­tion doesn’t bother her. “[The pa­parazzi] are re­ally sneaky, you never see them,” she says. “They’re do­ing their job, so you can’t be an­gry. They haven’t writ­ten any­thing ter­ri­ble about me to up­set me, and I very rarely look at it any­way.”

Whether she’s walk­ing to a cast­ing in Man­hat­tan or drink­ing matcha green tea in down­town Soho, no day is the same for Ir­win in NYC. “It’s such an elec­tric city, I’m su­per-happy there… It feels like home now,” she says.

While she’s made her­self at home in the States, Ir­win still misses Aus­tralia’s beaches and fresh air – and the Syd­ney Spring Car­ni­val. She flew back last month for the Colgate Op­tic White Stakes Day, brav­ing a long-haul flight and jet lag for the oc­ca­sion. “I love any ex­cuse to dress up,” she laughs.

``The pa­parazzi are re­ally sneaky, you never see them´´

(op­po­site page) top, $325, my­chameleon.; COS dun­ga­rees, $175, (02) 9231 3944; Me­gan’s own ear­ring (worn through­out)

I Love Mr. Mit­tens knit, $520, ilovem­r­mit­; Witchery top, $99.95,; Ellery pants, $1470, (02) 8068 2361; Her­mès scarf, $530, (02) 9287 3200; San­dro Paris boots, $920, (02) 9327 3377

Max Mara coat, POA,; Witchery shirt, $160,; San­dro Paris jeans, $338, (02) 9327 3377; Alexan­der Mcqueen shoes, $1050, cos­mopoli­tan­shoes.

Bally dress, POA, and shoes, $1375, 1800 781 851

HAIR Tay­lor James Red­man MAKE-UP Claire Thom­son

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