AN IRISH fitness instructor who was told he’d never make it as a model after undergoing surgery has landed the cover of fitness bible Men’s Health.
Peter Barron, 28, had an operation on his chest to have a lump removed eight years ago.
And when told by his nurse he wouldn’t land a modelling career as a result, he set about to prove her wrong.
Now he’s the leading hunk in the latest issue of the health mag in Dubai.
He said: “I had a lump in my chest and it was something I was concerned with. And I just said to myself, ‘look, get it done, I’ll get it removed, I don’t care if there’s a scar’.
“The woman that did it was actually a very nice woman, it was directly after the surgery and there was a mark where the incision had been and I said to her, ‘oh my god, is this going to heal ok?’ and she said, ‘it’s going to heal perfectly’.
“‘The recovery will be grand but let’s just say you’ll never be on the cover of a magazine’.
“She meant it as a joke and we laughed about it. After it, I said ‘you know what, I’m going to try and prove her wrong’.”
Peter moved to Dubai three years ago and has since carved out a successful career as a personal trainer and social media influencer.
The fitness buff, from Shannon, Co Clare, has worked with brands such as Adidas and Smart Water but it was a campaign with tech giant Samsung that caught the eye of Men’s Health.
He said: “I had done a campaign for Samsung and that was featured in the magazine at the end of last year and then the editor contacted me two months ago and asked me if the cover was something I’d be interested in.
“It’s very weird, I still get a bit of a shock every time I look at it. My cousin is coming over in two weeks so I had to buy a couple of copies to send back home with her.”
Peter is thrilled with the cover but anyone who knows the hunk in real life will be shocked to see his large collection of tattoos were airbrushed from the final shot.
He said: “It’s in their culture that they don’t have tattoos whereas for me, I’m covered in tattoos all over my body, on my chest and my arms.
“When I saw it first, I actually didn’t realise they had cropped them out. It’s brilliant though, it’s an amazing feeling to see it in the shops.”
Sadly Peter’s grandfather Peter Barron Snr. passed away just days before he got the good news he’d feature in the respected publication.
But the fitness model believes the plum opportunity was a message from his beloved granddad.
He added: “I had found out my granddad had passed away just the day before I got the cover and I was saying to my dad that maybe it was a sign from him.
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“He has the same name as me, so it was funny because me and my dad were saying his name is now is up in lights too. It was nice from that point of view.”
Peter intends to stay in Dubai to build on his modelling career and he has a message for other young people to stay on top of their health.
He added: “If anyone does notice any changes in their body, a mole that changes colour or anything, always be sure to get it checked. Health is number one.”