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Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell takes to catwalk and tells of love for Northern Ireland

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Stella Maxwell walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Stella Maxwell walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Stella Maxwell backstage ahead of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 20, 2017. Photo credit should read: Aurore Marechal/PA Wire

Supermodel Stella Maxwell took to the catwalk on Monday in the world's biggest fashion show of the year - the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

The 27-year-old, whose parents are from Northern Ireland, was one of the stunning models showcasing the lingerie company's underwear line. This year's catwalk spectacular took place in Shanghai, China.

Having strong connections with Northern Ireland, Stella was born in Belgium to Northern Irish parents, Stella Maynes and diplomat Maurice Maxwell.

Stella moved to Canberra in Australia when she was 13. Her family then relocated from there to Wellington in New Zealand, and it was there, while attending Otago University, that a model scout spotted her.

Her father Maurice, a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, worked for the European Commission and spent many years in Brussels. Mr Maxwell's most recent appointment before retiring in 2012 was as head of the European Commission's office in Belfast.

The blonde beauty revealed in an interview for Sunday Independent Life magazine that she is a regular visitor home, where she has escaped ever being photographed.

She said: "My parents are both from Belfast. I have an Irish passport and a British passport, and I go back every summer and every Christmas, and sometimes I pop over during the year to say hi, and, of course, celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

"All my family look Irish. They act Irish, they look Irish, my sister even has red hair... it’s crazy. I’m the one that doesn’t seem Irish.

"None of the kids in my family, my siblings, speak with an Irish accent… we’ve never lived there full-time, we weren’t born there, we just go there once or twice a year. It’s weird. Our parents sound Irish, but we don’t."

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Danish model Josephine Skriver presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
US model Devon Windsor presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
South Sudanese model Grace Bol presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
US model Maggie Laine presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
US model Devon Windsor presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
US model Martha Hunt (C) and fellow models acknowledge the audience at the end of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Miguel poses with Chinese models Liu Wen (L), Ming Xi (2nd L), Ju Xiaowen (2nd R) and He Sui (R) as they arrive for the after party of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USECHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
US model Bella Hadid presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Daniela Braga presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Adriana Lima presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio (L) US model Lily Aldridge present creations during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Amilna Estevao walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Liu Wen walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Josephine Skriver walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Josephine Skriver walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Megan Williams walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Maria Borges walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Bella Hadid walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Romee Strijd walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Dilone walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Herieth Paul walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Lameka Fox walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Cindy Bruna attends the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai After Party at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Previously she has worked on projects for Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, among others.

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