Imogen Bailey worked as a lingerie model before she got her acting break

Neighbours star Imogen Bailey has revealed that baring all for a magazine when she was younger has been a double-edged sword.

The actress, 31, started her career as a bikini model and posed naked for an Australian magazine.

But while it helped raise her profile, she also thinks it's hindered her acting career.

‘I don’t regret anything,’ she tells NowOnline in an exclusive interview. ‘I got into the modelling thing to create a profile to get into other things – like acting.

‘It worked but in the long term but it will always be a hurdle I have to jump over to be taken seriously.

‘My advice now to younger girls is not to do it.’

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Holly Arnold