As a six feet tall teenager in Walsall, Erin O’Connor found it difficult to accept her lanky physique. On a school trip to The Clothes Show Live she was scouted by a modelling agency. Within a few years she was heralding a new wave of models that contradicted the stereotypical male fantasy, prompting Jean-Paul Gaultier to state, “She isn’t only a model, she is art.” Cruelly nicknamed Morticia at school, Erin used the escapism of fashion to overcome an almost crippling shyness, taking control of her fears and, eventually, her career. Erin allowed women’s fashion to be seen with new significance, and became one of the most successful supermodels in the UK.
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