Irish Schoolgirl Dresses Up as Her Idol Mo Salah for Halloween

Published October 29th, 2018 - 07:19 GMT
Madison Mcguane, an Irish girl aged 9, dress up as "her idol" Mo Salah for Halloween  (Twitter)
Madison Mcguane, an Irish girl aged 9, dress up as "her idol" Mo Salah for Halloween (Twitter)

A schoolgirl dressed up as her idol Mo Salah for Halloween complete with fake tan, but her mother says she didn't cause any offence.

Despite the party having a spooky theme, nine-year-old Madison Mcguane, from Limerick, Ireland, was adamant she wanted to dress up as the Liverpool forward.

Madison, a lifelong fan of the Merseyside club, donned a full kit, curly black wig and special effects makeup to create the look.

And while the girl's costume did involve using fake tan to darken her skin tone, her mother Marion insisted no one minded it.

Mrs Mcguane, 39, said: 'Mo Salah is Madison's idol - so she was adamant she was dressing up as him, even though it was a Halloween theme, she is a little girl and her hair is snow white.

'Initially I was shocked because I thought people would be offended and that we'd have to be really careful that people might not take it as a joke.

'But she didn't think anyone would take offence to it - he's her idol and she was certain she was dressing up as him.

'I said but it's for Halloween and she said to me 'I don't care mum I'm dressing up as Mo Salah'.'


Mrs McGuane said she 'fell in love' with her daughter's enthusiasm and decided to help her source the costume.

'She started liking Mo Salah the minute he signed for Liverpool - Maddison knows more about football now than I do,' she said.

'From his moves to his character she knows everything about him - she knows he's Egyptian and the way he plays.

'Madison watched the whole world cup and buys those stickers she's always looking for Mo Salah in there.

'She fights with all her friends over it because they're all Manchester United fans - she stands her ground when it comes to Liverpool.'

Special effects makeup artist Tammy Meehan created Madison's look.

She used fake tan for Madison's body, special effects makeup to get her skin tone right and a black palette and eyeliner to create the beard and bridges.

Mrs Meehan, 34, from Limerick, said: 'Marion contacted me to do Madison's makeup as Mo Salah, I looked through his pictures to get an idea of what to do and I shaped out his face, tried to get his skin tone as good as I could.

'It took me about 25 minutes and then she was out playing with her football straight away.

'I don't think anyone would have been offended because people dress up all the time and people change their colour all the time for fancy dress.

'Loads of people thought it was brilliant, other kids want to do it and loads of people have messaged me asking me how I did it. I think by next year all kids will be dressing up as footballers.

'Not one person commented on the fact we fake tanned her, they just thought it was a brilliant idea because she went out as who she wanted to be he's her idol and she loves him that much so why not - it's only paint.

'I would never want to offend anyone and I don't think it does.'

Madison plays football and rugby and is one of the youngest players to be selected for the Centre of Excellence program in Ireland.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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