IM: How would you describe your personal style?
Perrie: I am very much a jeans and sneakers sort of girl. For castings and jobs, I
always have a pair of high heels in my bag, however when I have my
heels, book, makeup, and other bits and bobs, I use a big backpack so
my back doesn’t get too sore from carrying everything. I wish I could
learn to travel light but so far, I still feel the need to bring everything but the kitchen sink around with me.
IM: What’s your routine for staying in shape?
always enjoyed running and since moving to India I have become a bit of
a yoga bunny. I think the madness of modelling work and the general
chaos of India means that you have to find your own way to find peace.
I was never really a runner up until a few years ago. I started off
with smaller distances and truly found it very boring. Now I run a lot
and find that the pleasure is more in the mental games you play with
yourself to keep going.
IM: What has been the most fun shoot that you have been a part of?
worked on set for an Abof.com TVC my first week in India, and it has
still been my favorite to date. The hours were very long, almost 17
hours, but the energy on set was electric and everyone was so happy to
be there. We had superb catering including a pancake chef, and the TVC
involved a lot of dancing so everyone was having a good time. I am a
terrible dancer but still managed to bust a few moves with the help of
the choreographer. I’m excited to see the finished product when it launches.
IM: You have been modeling across Australia and Asia, what’s has been your favorite city to work in?
favorite city to work in is probably Hong Kong. I went to high school
there and my parents are still living there so it is my home, but I
find that there is a great sense of community amongst the models there.
Everyone looks out for one another and becomes like family. Also, the food is fantastic, although food in Mumbai is quickly becoming my absolute favorite.
IM: What do you thing are the most important qualities that a fashion model should possess?
People tend to believe that photoshoots and castings happen quite
quickly, but most of the time you will be sitting around waiting for
something to happen. There’s a saying about the industry, which is “get
ready to wait”. There will be times that you will be sleepy, hungry, or
just plain fed up with how slowly things are moving along. Take a book
to read or find something to distract you so you don’t get frustrated.
IM: If you could change one habit of fashion photographers, what would it be?
is always important for photographers to remember that models are
people as well. Ask us if we need anything, if we are too hot or too
cold, and what our experiences in modelling are. You never know, you
might be getting frustrated with a model that isn’t performing very
well to only find out it is her first shoot. Alternatively, you may be
stumped with a photo not looking as you expected, so always ask the
model for what they think could be a solution as they may know what to
do. Photographers and models need to work together to get the best
photo they can, and the only way to do this is through open
IM: What advice would you give to someone who is planning to start modeling?
always say that if you plan to get into modelling, make sure you are
getting into it for the right reasons. I am personally in modelling so
that I can experience new cultures and express my creativity. Establish
why you want to work as a model and ensure that modelling doesn’t feed
into unhealthy energy.
IM: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
don’t really have any concrete plans for the future, other than
completing my masters. I believe that who you are now and who you are
in the future are two different people, and shaping your present
decisions by your future expectations doesn’t always work out for the
best. In other words, what makes you happy now might not make you happy
5 years from now.