I started modelling at a prom store when I was 16 and we decided to take things to the next level. My mum submitted my photos to NEXT Models in Miami. I signed with them, and then was picked up by NEXT New York. It happened so fast. After I signed with NEXT and I started booking jobs, I became more excited about the prospect of modelling as a career. I gave myself six months to see if modelling was going to stick and, thankfully, it did. My favourite part of my job is getting to see the world and meeting incredible, inspiring people.
My go-to look is a cool jacket (I’m a big Levi’s fan), a Chanel scarf, a vintage Grateful Dead T-Shirt, high-waisted Re/Done jeans, and Saint Laurent booties.
I try not to wear a lot of makeup when I’m not working to give my skin a chance to breath. When it comes to product – if I find something I love I will buy it until it’s discontinued.
At night, I use the Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser and I love the Advanced Night Repair Eye Mask. Sometimes I do a lip scrub made of honey and sugar. And then I finish with Aquaphor [Ed. note: not available in Australia] on my lips. At least once a week I’ll do a hair mask. I like Living Proof’s Restore Mask Treatment.
I usually always leave the house with Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer, and either a nude lip or bold lip depending on my mood. I love a red lip sometimes.
I listen to almost all the advice she’s ever given me. She raised me to be strong and beautiful on the inside, and said that my outer beauty would shine if I had confidence within myself. I feel most beautiful when I’m surrounded by the people that I love. I know that sounds cliché, but my heart is the fullest when I’m with family and I feel like that just radiates out of my face.
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford – all are classic beauties.
Eyes, it’s so easy to read a person just by gazing into their eyes. They tell the story that your mind is living.
There’s a picture of me when I was 4 or 5 covered in lipstick from head to toe hiding from my parents in the bath tub.
I had a pair of fake lashes trying to take flight. They were way too long!
I usually get them at various hotel spas while I’m travelling. There’s nothing better than stepping off the plane and getting your skin rejuvenated.
I have always been this way. I love to cook so I prepare my own meals, plus I enjoy working out. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good piece of cake occasionally – it’s important to indulge sometimes. I eat a lot of protein and veggies – think chicken, fish, any kind of green, plus I love fruit. I jump rope 10-15 minutes every day. Throughout the week I practice muay thai and do functional training 3/4x a week.
I also go bowling. I find it’s a great way to clear my mind.
Women are beautiful at all ages – you should embrace the natural process.”
Story by Tess Schlink