Soul Mates

A Feature in Life Magazine

January and Thalia, pic by Kip Carroll

January and Thalia, pic by Kip Carroll

Me and my lovely pal  Thalia Heffernan talk about modelling life together and being mates. 

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Thalia and January. Pic by Kip Carroll

Thalia and January. Pic by Kip Carroll

Thalia, Model

January and I met through modelling, about five years ago. This industry is widely publicised as being very bitchy, but that's melodramatic, I find. I'm lucky in that I have connected with a lot of special people through modelling, January, in particular. She's just so much fun! She walks into a room and it immediately brightens up. We have similar interests and when we're working together, no matter what the job is, we manage to make it enjoyable.

There can be a lot of waiting around in this job, but we pass the time very happily. By now, we've worked together for so long that she knows me inside out. I remember one moment I was about to have a total meltdown, everything seemed to tumble and fall apart, and January was there, and knew exactly what to say to calm me down. The moment passed, because of her, and I knew then that I had a really special friendship.

We play off each other very well - if I'm giddy, she'll get giddy, and together we can lift a room when we're on form. We can also cause havoc! January knows the industry, so she knows what the pressures are - things about weight, stress, that kind of thing - and that really helps.

People joke that models always hang out together, but there's a reason for that. It's because we understand each other, and so it's easier for January and me to vent to one another than to our other friends outside the industry, who don't get it because it's just not stuff from normal life.

January, Model

The first time Thalia and I really spent time together was on a test shoot we both did for a photographer, and afterwards we walked back to her place on Leeson Street together. I remember she was wearing her school uniform, and had big, wild, curly hair. She's younger than me, but I remember thinking she was really cool. She's really alive, really fun, she brings everyone together and has a special kind of aura.

Any time I've had relationship problems, with boyfriends or family, I have found that she's great to talk to. She always has a different perspective to me, and that helps. Your good friends are your life, you need to have them around you. Without Thalia, my life would not be the same. She works so hard, and she understands all about the parts of the industry that aren't so good; having her in my life makes me happy, I love her to bits. I know we'll always be friends, even when we're no longer working together.

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Jxx

Model Behaviour

Loving Your Work

I caught up with Jo Linehan from Image Magazine to chat about modelling life, scrambled eggs and running with my pooch. Full scoop served below..

Walking in Lennon and Courtney, Dublin

Walking in Lennon and Courtney, Dublin

January Russell is one of our favourite Irish models. Not only is she beautiful, heakth conscious and making serious waves in the fashion industry, she is the best craic to hang out with on set and is the ultimate girl's girl. We quizzed her on what life is like for the beauty.

"A typical morning routine before a show … usually starts with a ridiculously early call time! I’m up at 5am, fall into a taxi by 5:30am, desperately find somewhere open for coffee and then arrive at Brown Thomas for 6am. It’s normally pretty relaxed at this stage, so I say my hellos and pop over to have my make-up done. I like to have the chats and find out about which products they're using on me, it's great for a few beauty tips! Then it’s over to hair. I'm so lucky to have all these pros telling me how to do things!"

Hair and Makeup look behind the Scenes on a shoot for Stellar Magazine

Hair and Makeup look behind the Scenes on a shoot for Stellar Magazine

"For an early show … we usually have our fittings the day before, so there's time to change something if an outfit isn't working. I try on shoes, accessories or any changes that have been made since the day before. A little before the show we take off all our socks, jeans, bras, anything that might leave marks on our skin! Its always a relaxed atmosphere just before the show, so we have time to put on any body moisturisers and take a few pics. The stylists calls for the first outfits and we get ready. I get dressed, put on my shoes and get any final hair and make-up touch ups. We line up, and the show begins!"

Swimwear ladies at Brown Thomas, Dublin

Swimwear ladies at Brown Thomas, Dublin

"Soon as the show is over I … Get coffee with the girls from the show. It's fun to chat about our outfits, hair and make-up, who we saw and what went wrong!

"For breakfast on a day off I love …The Pepper Pot in Powerscourt Townhouse. Their cheesy scrambled eggs on toast are the best I've ever tasted."

Coffee Fiend

Coffee Fiend

"My workout regime is like this … I normally go through stages of working out loads and eating well to the total opposite! I recently had Polaroid's taken to send to international agencies so I have  been quite conscious of being in good shape. There's nowhere to hide in Polaroids. I have been in the gym about four days a week at Crunch and they have loads of great classes. I do Pilates and abs classes and some weight machines. I like to run too and my (not so little) puppie Twinkle is the best running buddy. We do a few laps of my local park together, and she's really strong so she's great for making me run faster."

Twinkle 'the pooch' flaking out

Twinkle 'the pooch' flaking out

We love January! For more, follow her on Instagram

Original by Jo Linehan

(Thanks Jo)  

Jxx