Holly Carpenter’s breakthrough moment
HOLLY CARPENTER Since I was young enough to hold a crayon, art has been my passion. In secondary school, I always knew I wanted to go to NCAD.
I never imagined that, in the summer after my first year at college there, I would win Miss Ireland.
I was working as a model almost every day, and soon realised I couldn’t balance work life and college life. I was 20, and although a part of me felt guilty about walking away from a course I had worked so hard to be accepted into, I told myself it was one or the other for now. When I finally plucked up the courage to speak to the head of textiles and let her know I was dropping out, she told me she thought I already had, because she hadn’t seen me in months, so I just said an awkward goodbye and backed out of her office. Since that day I have no regrets at all. Modelling in Ireland has opened so many doors for me. I feel like every high and low I’ve had in my career has taught me a lot about myself and brought me one step closer to my breakthrough moment. I feel the best is yet to come.