Flashback Friday! When VIP flew out to Malta with Glenda Gilson & Andrea Roche…

10 years ago today we had an exclusive exotic shoot with the two beauties

Glenda has been doing a spot of reminiscing...
Glenda has been doing a spot of reminiscing…

Xposé host Glenda Gilsen has been doing a spot of reminiscing today about a certain VIP shoot that took place exactly a decade ago today.

The TV3 stunner is currently sunning herself with hubby Rob Macnaughton in Marbella, yet she took a gander down memory lane to when she took place in our sensational shoot with model boss Andrea Roche in Malta, back in July 2005.

Posting this snap on Instragram (check out those pins!), she captioned it: “Can’t believe this shoot took place this day 10 years ago in Malta@vip.magazine @andrearochemodelagency#vipmagazine #models #malta #shoot“. 

The pair were the country's best-known models at the time
The pair were the country’s best-known models at the time

Here’s what happened when we met the pair.


The stunning surroundings of Malta


Mella Travers

Glenda & Andrea looked stunning on our shoot
Glenda & Andrea looked stunning on our shoot


Glenda (24) and Andrea (28) were Ireland’s two best-known Irish models at the time, and hardly a day went by without them gracing the pages of an Irish magazine or newspaper. The two brunette beauties were also working together on the Miss Ireland 2005 pageant.

The Feature:

We met the two models in the exotic location of Malta, after they had spent four days holidaying together in the beautiful country, and they admitted they found our photo-shoot slightly more difficult than what they were used to at home due to the overpowering heat!

How fab did Andrea look in this shot!?
How fab does Andrea look in this shot!?

In fact, Glenda laughed to us that she was more used to modeling bikinis in the “freezing cold” on Grafton Street for the many photocalls she took part in during the Celtic Tiger era.


Catching a few zzzz's...
Catching a few zzzz’s…

When talking about their future plans, Andrea said she was writing for VIP at the time, as well as styling and working for TV3 on Ireland AM, while Glenda admitted a career in tv is “always what (she) wanted to do”. “Modelling is where I’m making my contacts and getting my confidence,” she said. “I did tv and radio broadcasting in college.

Since then, of course, Glenda has gone on to be one of the stars of TV3’s Xposé, while Andrea has proven herself to be a successful businesswoman with her model agency, AR Models.

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