How did you get into modeling?
I got into modeling at a real turning point in my life. I had just given up the idea of being an actor but still wanted to be involved in a creative industry, and preferably one that paid me. I had been asked if I was a model a few times but had always laughed it off in the past not realizing it was an option at my size. It wasn’t until the plus size movement started to become a noticeable career option that I actually took the idea of being a model seriously. I knew that another beautiful Bella girl (Sar Collins) was going out with an acquaintance of mine so I plucked up the courage to introduce myself to her at a party. Sar was nothing short of amazing and encouraging about me modeling. She thought I would be perfect for Bella and sent my pictures off to Chelsea (Bonner) a couple of days later. Amazingly Chels saw some potential in me and signed me within 24 hours. And the rest as they say, is history!
What is your day job?
I work part time as a temp in offices but the majority of my working week is taken up by modeling work. The day that I don’t need a second job to support myself will be the best day of my life.
If you could model for any designer in the world who would it be and why?
I am a sucker for any designers who focus on the feminine and romantic aesthetic so I would happily model for Lover or Alice by Temperly. I just can’t deny my love for lace any longer! I also love quirky vintage looking floral prints so Clements Ribeiro and Karen Walker would be up there as well.
What kind of campaigns have you worked on in the past?
I have done a couple of campaigns with TS14, Yarra Trail Woman and RM Williams. My most recent campaign was for New Look here in the UK. We did the shoot around the corner from Covent Gardens in amongst the hustle and bustle of the London streets. The high-light was the giant sprinklers they set up that poured fake rain on me as I tried not to kill myself tottering down a slippery cobblestoned road in heels trying to look carefree in a ballroom gown!
What was the most difficult shoot you’ve ever done?
The most difficult shoot I ever did was for Yarra Trail Woman. We were shooting the poster that would be used in MYER and David Jones and it was a big deal to get a good shot. As per usual we were shooting a spring look in the winter and I had to stand on the beach in a linen outfit being frozen to death by gale force ice cold winds. The make up artist had to keep giving me big bear hugs between shots to stop the hypothermia from setting in. To make matters worse I was working with a very grumpy photographer and everyone had worded me up follow his commands and not make him any angrier. However everything went very well and I actually managed to look warm and comfortable in the final shot. But behind that smile was the frozen terror of a woman whose extremities were about to fall off.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time either watching or performing comedy. Before I moved to London I was a member of The Big Hoo Haa, an impro comedy group that performs every Thursday night, 8pm at The Portland Hotel, Melbourne CBD (PLUG PLUG PLUG!!!). I also performed in an impro sketch group called you guessed it, IMPRO-SKETCH. When I’m not cracking wise I like to read, draw, hang out with my wonderful friends and eat. Yes, in fact eating is one of my favorite things to do with my free time. I like it even more when I am joined by my best friends Talia and Maja (we love each other only marginally more than we love a Bizcocho from San Churro).
Who inspires you in the plus size fashion industry?
I am fully aware of how sucky this sounds but I am inspired by my agents Chelsea, Anna and Louise (*cue straw noises*). It is because of their vision and drive for body acceptance and diversity that the media is slowly changing. They fight tooth and nail to get us curvier girls into the mainstream media and are always there to pick us back up if we get disheartened. They are legends. I am bloody lucky to have them representing me.
If you could work anywhere in the world where would it be?
It would have to be in New York, I mean come on, do I need to explain why? Specifically with Terry Richardson. Actually let’s face it I would work anywhere, in a rubbish bin, on a pile of dead rats if Terry Richardson was taking the pictures. That man is co-oo-ol.
What is the one item in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without?
Look honestly, jeans. Sorry. It’s boring answer o’clock and I am right on time. But having a good pair of jeans is like building your house on a solid foundation. It doesn’t matter what goes on top, as long as what’s underneath is sturdy.
How would you describe your personal style?
Definitely urban-pirate-minimalist-chic. Definitely.