Belfast girl is about to signify Northern Eire at New York Style Week

A Belfast woman says her dreams came true after she was modeled at New York Fashion Week.

Caitlin Rodgers of Ormeau Road has been modeling for several years, which she believes has helped boost her self-esteem.

And now she’s preparing to walk down one of the biggest catwalks in the world in the single mother’s most memorable confidence boost yet.

Speaking to Be, Caitlin said she hopes the coronavirus restrictions allow her to travel to the pageant in February, but if not, she will always be proud of how far she has come.

Caitlin was inundated with support

She said, “My only message is to never give up your dreams, no matter who you are or where you are from, and this message is really aimed at young children and teenagers.

“I thought I couldn’t do it. I modeled for nine years and got stuck. I felt fat. I felt ugly. It was horrible.

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“When I was younger I did a photoshoot with a woman named Louise Gallagher and she made me feel special. I loved every minute of it and I loved how I felt, so I did continued.

“It’s not for everyone, but I love it and it builds my confidence. People think that I believe in photos, but they really don’t know that I shy away from the camera.

“I saw an ad on Facebook to apply and just decided to do it. When asked for more details in the email, I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was fake. I could just can’t get over it. “

Caitlin Rodgers

“I got in touch with the pageant director and found out that it was New York Fashion Week 2.0. How did this happen to me? I’m just so excited and so proud of myself.”

Caitlin thanked her community for supporting her modeling career.

After sharing news that she will hopefully travel to New York in a couple of weeks, Caitlin says she has been inundated with messages of support from family, friends and strangers.

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“I just want to represent Belfast and make everyone proud,” she added.

“Even if things don’t go on because of Covid-19, I will still be proud of myself because I’ve come this far and I just want to thank everyone for their kind words.”

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