Erin O’Connor comes home to Birmingham

Birmingham girl turned global fashion star honoured at University awards ceremony

Model and fashion icon Erin O’Connor is delighted to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the fashion industry. 

Erin, who was born and raised in Walsall, began her career in modelling after she was spotted by a talent scout during a school visit to the Birmingham Clothes Show. She quickly rose to stardom and is now recognised as one of the UK’s most prolific supermodels.

Erin said: “I am truly honoured to become the recipient of such a generous accolade and also humbled to have been chosen by a university that is not only close to my heart but held in the highest regard across the board.”

With a career spanning over 15 years Erin has worked with many famous designers, including the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren. She has appeared on numerous magazine front covers and been the face of advertising campaigns for Chanel, Armani, and Marks and Spencer.

Commenting on the decision to recognise Erin’s achievements, Professor Cliff Allan Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University said: “As an institution which prides itself on creating the next generation of fashion designers and industry leaders, Erin’s career and the mark she has made on the fashion industry is truly inspiring to many of our students.”

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