Alison Canavan is one of Ireland’s most successful international models and in recent years has become one of Ireland’s foremost parenting, health and wellbeing specialists. Alison’s writing career started with her Mothering Diary in Ireland’s VIP Magazine for over 4 years and she now writes a parenting column for The Daily Mail and a travel column for The Mail on Sunday. She regularly contributes to various TV and radio shows on parenting issues as well as beauty, health and wellbeing.
She has travelled the country with her own 0 To Toddler shows. She is as an ambassador
for Honda, through which she has hosted “An evening with Alison Canavan and Friends” around the country for the past few years covering topics like beauty, fashion, parenting, nutrition and much more.
Alison’s interest in nutrition began in 2009 when she started studying Fitness Nutrition Coaching under NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association), in the United States. She has just graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH), where she is continuing her studies in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics.
She also holds a diploma in PR, Marketing and Sales management from DBS and has studied business in The National College of Ireland NCI.
Alison has become a much sought after motivational speaker and regularly does talks on health and wellbeing, as well as motivational talks for Mums. She recently lectured in Trinity College on the module of Motherhood and Mental Health. She delivers talks on stress in the workplace to CEO’s and business leaders across the country and in June 2014 she chaired and spoke at the first ever Barnardos Parental Mental Health Conference in Ireland at Croke Park.
Alison is a popular MC for launches and events. She regularly judges Ladies’ Days across Ireland. She is available for brand ambassadorships and continues to model both at home and internationally.
Alison was catapulted onto the international stage at the tender age of 15 when she represented Ireland in the Supermodel of the World competition in Las Vegas and had the privilege of presenting ‘Entertainment TV’ for the event. This has spawned a near 22 year career in the fashion industry, which has taken her to the main fashion capitals of London, Paris, Milan and New York and as far around the world as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. After spending 7 years in London she moved to New York where she was based for 8 years working all over the US. Her career diversified into TV, Film, and voice-over work and most recently into writing. There, she worked with renowned voice and dialect coach to the stars, Sam Chwat as well as many other great teachers.
Alison’s CV includes the prestigious Lux Soap Packaging Worldwide Campaign, Organics Hair TV Commercial, L’Oreal US campaign and commercials for Maxwell House, Bank of Portugal, Braun, Cadbury Aero, Paramount Pictures to name but a few. She has also done photo shoots for many designers and catalogues worldwide and featured on a variety of magazine covers She has appeared in numerous music videos including Boyzone and Wet, Wet, Wet. Alison has graced the runways worldwide for such renowned clients as Hermes, La Croix, Rochas, Paul Costelloe, John Rocha, Nicole Fahri, Hussein Chaylan, Hugo Boss, Episode, Marks and Spencer, BHS, Harrods, Selfridges, The Clothes Show, Igedo, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, and L.K. Bennett, among others. She has also made featured appearances at the British Fashion Awards and the British High Street Fashion Awards.
Her abilities in front of camera, along with her people skills has led to appearances in productions/movies such as ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Let Me Out’(US) and ‘The Matrix’. Alison has been interviewed live on many programmes such as the Late Late Show (Ireland), Off The Rails (Ireland), The Afternoon Programme (Ireland), Entertainment TV (U.S), Good Morning America (U.S) and Clothes Show (UK).
Alison is a passionate humanitarian and spent time in Calcutta with Goal founder John O’Shea in 2006. Her current charitable focus sees her donating her time and services to charities for children including Barnardos and Make A Wish. She is also the current Ambassador for Walk in My Shoes alongside Adam Clayton and Brent Pope, which is a national awareness and fundraising campaign empowering people across Ireland with mental health difficulties.
Alison returned home to Ireland 2010. During her pregnancy she was the Face of Mothercare, featured in several Pregnancy publications and presented a series of pregnancy diaries on TV3’s Ireland AM. She was recently interviewed again on the Late Late show with Ryan Tubridy and has appeared on The Health of the Nation on RTE as well as many others. Her main focus is education and information drawing on the difficulties she herself has experienced over the past few years. Her message is one of positivity and hope. She believes that with passion and determination anything is possible. For more information please Contact Me