The Byron Bay beauty credits her vegan diet for lasting energy
Model Matilda Dods favours natural beauty products to counteract sensitivity.
I never thought that it was ever a possibility for me. I got a call to cast for Saint Laurent, so I flew to LA that weekend and spent 30 seconds with Hedi Slimane. I’d never walked, never cast, never done a job, 16 years old, so jetlagged, deliriously tired. Four days after I got back from LA, mum said, “so, you’re flying to Sydney tomorrow morning to shoot with Vogue.” And that day that was the first job that IMG ever booked me for. I arrived and there was a bodyguard for the four pieces of Cartier, I wore a $10,000 dress, it was amazing, what a dream.
My eczema gets so bad my eyes swell shut. Avene is what I am using right now, and they are the only three products that I have with me when I leave the house. It literally cured me. I use the Gentle Toner, Extremely Gentle Cleanser and the Rich Compensating Cream, twice a day every day. I am really scared to use new products. I wash it off really gently with cold water, eczema really doesn’t like heat, because eczema holds heat so you want to try and keep it as cool as possible. When it’s bad in the morning I run spoons under cold water and just hold those over my eyes to get the swelling down.
I do this when I am flying, because my skin really dried out when I fly. You can take them orally because it’s the strongest concentration of Vitamin E that you can get so I just pop them and put them on my skin. It makes your skin feel a bit gross while you are on the plane and I have to wash my face really thoroughly afterwards as it leaves a bit of a residue, it doesn’t completely absorb into your skin. I also use Trilogy Rosehip Oil for pimples, just two drops in with moisturizer. I think it’s good for everything, it’s the same as Vitamin E cream; you can put it on anything.
Chiefly because I am scared of irritating my eczema, and also I would rather sleep in for an extra 10 minutes than do my make up. I don’t use any products that are tested on animals. Before I started modeling I used to wear make up, but then I started getting my make up done professionally and I realized how terrible I was at doing it. I’ve picked up lots of really good tips, I never knew how to put mascara on properly: don’t clump it, put it right on the ends, and from above – that’s another good tip I picked up. Curling my eyelashes slowly, five seconds three times going up. I used to just do it once and get square lashes.
I am itching to cut it all off and do something new, because I always change my hair. Since I started modeling, IMG said, “probably don’t wreck your hair, keep it healthy, don’t change it all the time,” so it’s taking so much self control not to cut it all off and bleach it. I have just finally found a dye that doesn’t fade in my hair, O&M, which I get done at Manik Hair in Byron Bay.
I’m vegan; I pretty much live off potatoes. I think that calorie counting is not a good way to monitor diet, I think the best way is just not to eat food from a packet! Put things into your body that your body is going to appreciate. Calorie counting is really inaccurate because you can eat a handful of nuts, which are so good for you, but when you put it into a calorie counter it is not going to acknowledge that. I am known for smoothies that are a whole ecosystem, because I put 20 ingredients in them, and they are grey when they come out of the blender. I snack on bananas, nuts, and chips; you can only be so healthy.
I usually use them for staying calm, Rescue Remedy is the best thing ever, and I keep it in my bag all the time. I am just rediscovering natural remedies because my mum is quite into it, and I am getting over that usual 15 year old rebellion of anything that your mum likes, is really bad so I was like “I just want to go to the doctor and get antibiotics!” and wrecked my gut. Now I eat lots of sauerkraut. I don’t make it but I really want to try and make it, mum and I made pickled radishes and carrots a couple of weeks ago, I have them in salad.
My style is a bit rock ‘n’ roll, because of my music and also because I like to wear a lot of black. I am trying to make the transition to most of my stuff being vintage, but all the leather that I buy is vintage, finding vintage for me is quite hard because I am a weird shape, just tall and skinny. My aunty runs a semi-vintage store, and she just collects things and has garage sales, I saw [the vintage suede coat] and thought it was amazing. I feel like Severus Snape in suede. I love it, it’s so me.