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The curvaceous IT girl from Dungannon striking a pose in the pages of Italian Vogue

By Patrice Dougan

Swapping her computer and spreadsheets for killer heels and designer clothes, one Ulster woman’s hourglass figure has been turning heads as she struts her stuff on the catwalk for one of the world’s top fashion magazines.

It’s a far cry from her day job as an IT programme manager, but Lucinda Casey (38) has won over top fashion critics, securing a place on the glossy pages of Italian Vogue.

“It’s a really big deal, it doesn’t really happen very often, women from Dungannon in Vogue,” said Lucinda after appearing in the Curves in Couture fashion spread.

“This could be just a fad, my 15 minutes, or this could be it for me, it could be a whole change. It’s quite exciting.”

Lucinda said she is proud to represent real women — ones with brains and beauty.

“The whole size zero thing is really silly and I think the industry is moving away from that,” she said.

“So if I can help other women feel more confident about themselves for being healthy then that would be a wonderful achievement.”

And ever since her appearance, the offers have been flooding in. Not only has Lucinda just completed a shoot for a new eyelash brand, and been shortlisted to model for a well-known cosmetics company, but she has also featured in two British films due to be released next year.

“I’ve never done any modelling before so it was quite extraordinary,” she said.

“It’s so far from the picture of IT — geeky, nerdy, not particularly sexy or glamorous. It’s quite bizarre, but that’s London.”

Her move from behind the desk to in front of the lens came when she was spotted at a charity event by an agent.

“She said that she was looking for healthy, curvy models and would I be interested,” explained Lucinda, who now lives in London.

“She looks for models of diversity, she finds black models, models with disabilities and curvy models.”

So Lucinda found herself strutting her curvy figure down a London catwalk, and before she knew it her photograph was picked up for a feature in Italian Vogue.

“It was quite a shock,” she said after seeing her picture in the high-end fashion magazine.

She laughs when asked whether she ever thought she would be a model.

“No, not at all,” she said.

“I’m 5ft 2ins and models are usually about 6ft, and with ginger hair and glasses it doesn’t generally happen.

“But I think the whole thing about red hair and pale skin is a theme at the moment.”

She described being on the catwalk as “a real rush”, but said she didn’t think she would be giving up the day job just yet.

“I’m quite comfortable in my position, it’s served me very well,” she said about her high-flying IT career, which has seen her work in 37 countries around the world.

“I don’t think I could (give it up).

“Computers are what I have been doing since I was 16.

“To throw all that away now would be a waste. Modelling is exciting but I don’t think it would be all that mentally stimulating.”

background

Lucinda Casey (38) lives in London but is originally from Dungannon, Co Tyrone. The third among two sisters and two brothers, she fell in love with computers at an early age. She completed a GCSE and a BTEC in the subject before going to Leeds Metropolitan University to obtain a degree in computing. Since graduating her career has taken her to almost every continent. In her 13 years as an IT programme manager she has worked with some of the top FTSE 100 and blue-chip companies like Halifax and Boots.

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