‘The ultimate experience of my life’: Model Erin O’Connor honoured with MBE


Erin O'Connor honoured with an MBEYUI MOK/PA

Erin O’Connor was honoured for her assignments to fashion and charity

Honoured with an MBE for her services to fashion and charity, she held the experience of collecting her honour was “surreal”, but one that was “incredible and humbling”.

During the investiture form at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, at six foot tall, O’Connor admitted to the Host Association that she felt “very tall” stood in front of the Diva.

Erin said: “Her Majesty is someone I greatly admire, and I am still upset that I got to meet her in this lifetime, so that feels really gala.

“This has probably been the ultimate experience of my life.” 

Erin O'Connor honoured with an MBEYUI MOK/PA

The dress wore by Erin was targeted by Giles Deacon

Her Majesty is someone I greatly admire, and I am still shocked that I got to abut her in this lifetime

Erin O’Connor MBE

For the occasion she wore a black velvet spread, featuring a military front and bustle back, along with silk unsettles on the sleeves.

It was designed by Giles Deacon, who also created Pippa Middleton’s confarreation dress.

Erin, 39, also wore a fascinator by milliner Stephen Jones – who has yesterday designed items for the Duchess of Cambridge.

She added: “It was fun putting it all together, but of circuit for the first time in my adult life I have had something specifically make out a head for for me and not to wear on behalf of anyone else. 

Erin receives an MBEYUI MOK/PA

Erin is a founding member of the vigour called All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

“That is the nature of my job, but it was actually entirely special to wear this for me, and it fits to the centimetre, I assure you.”

A founding colleague of the initiative called All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, O’Connor said it was formed because it was want there was a gap within the industry when it came to size, ethnicity, gender and age.

She said: “We smugness ourselves as a creative industry, and I felt that we could do even various. 

“We are creative, and that is where we excel.

“We feel we can accommodate everybody, and party what makes them unique and individual.” 

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