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Sunday Life Cover Girl: Finalists look stunning on Canaries photoshoot

By Sara Girvin; pictures Mark McCormick

From the Canaries to the catwalk — these three supermodels in the making are always Cover Girl ready.

These amazing pictures from our glamorous Cover Girl photoshoot in Lanzarote show why our top three Nerissa, Rachel and Helen have made it this far.

The stunners stormed the catwalk on Friday night as they joined the rest of the competition finalists at Belfast FASHIONWEEK at Stormont where they modelled the latest colourful make-up looks from Cover Girl judge Paddy McGurgan, as well as outfits from local charity shops.

We’ll announce our overall Cover Girl winner next week.

As well as winning the prestigious title, she’ll walk away with a glittering prize package courtesy of our generous sponsors.

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Director Cathy Martin said it would be almost impossible to choose a winner.

“The whole Sunday Life Cover Girl has been a fantastic experience for us in FASHIONWEEK and my new agency CMPR models.

“We’ve seen some amazing new talent and enjoyed watching the girls in jeans and jumpers at the scouting days turn into professional models in a matter of weeks.

“It’s so difficult to choose one winner though, I am torn between all three finalists.”

Helen Sugan

Helen – Lime one shoulder maxi £220 Coast & earrings, stylist’s own Lanzarote Sunday Life Cover Girl shoot. Pictures Mark McCormick 03/14

At just 18, Belfast A-level student Helen is Cover Girl’s youngest contestant.

She said taking part in the competition has given her more confidence than she’s ever had before.

Helen found out she was jetting out to the sun after opening Sunday Life and seeing her picture.

Helen said that even if she doesn’t win Cover Girl, the competition has still changed her life.

“I don’t really mind who wins now because the other girls are so lovely,” she said.

“Cover Girl has changed my life because of the confidence it’s given me, I feel so different now and people treat me differently.

“Everyone in school seems to be interested and excited by it too.”

For now, Helen is balancing studying for her A-levels in June with her modelling career.

As well as appearing on the Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk on Friday night, she was also photographed for a leading magazine last week.

“Sometimes I pinch myself,” she said.

Nerissa Moore

Nerissa – Sequined maxi £350 Coast & collar necklace £28 River Island Lanzarote Sunday Life Cover Girl shoot. Pictures Mark McCormick 03/14

The 22-year-old’s fledgling modelling career is the talk of her tiny home village of Killea in Donegal.

“When I moved to Belfast I was the talk of the town so now that I’m modelling I definitely am,” she said.

“My old primary school even asked me to come back and give a talk.

“That’s the lovely thing about being from somewhere so small, everyone is so supportive.”

After jetting home from Lanzarote, Nerissa said the trip was “a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“We had our own Natural Retreats villa in Playa Blanca, our own pool, it was paradise.”

Nerissa, who is a supervisor at fashion store Coast, added: “I thought it might be very competitive but the other girls were so lovely, we got on the best and I’m so glad I met them.”

On Friday night, Nerissa joined her fellow Cover Girl finalists to strut her stuff on the Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk at Stormont.

“I have always wanted to walk in Belfast FASHIONWEEK but never knew how to go about it,” she said.

“It’s just brilliant to get this platform. I was delighted to make the top ten, to make top three is out of this world.”

Nerissa said she “hasn’t dared to dream” what it would feel like to be crowned our 2014 Cover Girl. “Getting this taste of the fashion world has made me want it even more.”

Rachel Kennedy

Rachel – Pink flamingo dress £150 Coast & gold statement chain necklace £35 River Island Lanzarote Sunday Life Cover Girl shoot. Pictures Mark McCormick 03/14

Portadown stunner Rachel said her Lanzarote trip was “a dream come true”.

The 22-year-old English and drama graduate said she’s met friends for life in her fellow finalists.

“The girls got on so well together and that really made it for me.

“Nerissa and Helen are really genuine girls and we’re all rooting for each other which is so lovely.

“I know that they’d be thrilled for me if I won Cover Girl, the same as I would be for them.”

Rachel said she would be “completely overwhelmed” to take the title.

“I love to travel though so the first thing I’d do is probably to go onto’s website to see where I can book flights to as part of the prize.”

In preparation for her Friday night appearance at Belfast FASHIONWEEK, Rachel was busily rehearsing.

“I was practising walking in heels before the show because the last thing I wanted to do was fall, that would have been terrible,” she said.

Whatever the future holds for her modelling career, Rachel is glad she took part in Cover Girl.

“Even if nothing comes from this, it will be so amazing to look back at in years to come.

“I can’t see that I will ever get a chance to live like a top model again,” she added.


Hair - Judith McKay at Andrew Mulvenna Hair. Makeup - Stevie Lennox at Paddy McGurgan Pro Store. Styling - Rebecca McKinney, Victoria Square Personal Stylist.

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