One of the best things about my job is the people I meet. In this job sometimes you go years without seeing people you’ve worked with in one country, only to see them again in a completely different continent. I first met Amelia in London, working together frequently I was always bowled over by her kindness and sincerity. She is the sweetest human being, but she’s also a fierce warrior and I love that about her. I see Amelia as a woman who’s finding her own truth and really exploring what beauty means to her, with a passion for helping other women find their truth and feeling more body confident. Over to you Amelia…
I started modelling as soon as I finished school, I moved to Japan at 18 doing a few months there. Once I started travelling it was scary and exciting, I got the travelling bug, and for the past four or five years I’ve been travelling ever since. The first two years I spent a lot of time in Japan Europe and London, and then I started working in Los Angeles and New York. The weather is one of the biggest things that contributes to my happiness so thats why LA feels like a good base because I need the sunshine, but in terms of the industry I love the aesthetic in New York, it feels more gritty and real. It feels like theres a lot more commercial work and more clients in LA, the industry is so big compared to Europe.
Going into modelling so young (16), I used what I could see of the fashion industry to help me define what beauty was in society and that contributed to a lot of really unhealthy mental patterns, and so the last two years I’ve had a really strong focus on undoing all that, and finding what beauty is to myself. I had to ask myself what it meant and really think about it. In my experience the people who are the most worried about how they look are the least comfortable in their skin, people are the most beautiful when they’re lit up from the inside by what they’re doing and who they are authentically.
Everyone I know gives me a different version of what beauty is and thats what I love, and so I see beauty as my mums pleasure in her garden for example, and theres a woman I’ve been learning dance therapy from and she has such a strong sense of self and I find that incredibly beautiful. Women in the entertainment industry, particularly models used to inspire me, but now its more from women who I see their expression, their strength, comfortably of self, thats when I can see their physical beauty the most.
If I could go back and tell my 16 year old self something I would say self love is the most important thing, and I would say don’t treat yourself in a way that isn’t loving for any external perception of what beauty maybe should look like. I gave myself a really hard time even without knowing, with diet and excersize, being so scared about what I wear, and what I say and how I express myself because I thought beauty had to look a certain way.
I remember going back to Japan at 19 and feeling scared I’d aged, because there in the modelling industry they would often lie about how old we were, so I was genuinely scared of ageing even at 19, where as now studying physiology I remember watching some interviews and documentaries on ancient culture in Japan, less touched by mainstream society and they really emphasised the beauty and wisdom, the honour and respect in ageing. They pulled apart the biggest predictor of happiness is having a sense of purpose in life and I always remember that. The emphasis was the honour of aging, and that made me see ageing in a different way. For me now it comes down to how comfortable can we be in the ageging process whatever it looks like.
The best tips I’ve learnt from sitting in the makeup chair include brushing my eyebrows, I love highlighting the cupids bow, the nose, the corner of the eyes and along the collarbone. I love highlighter. I also love lip and cheek tints the kind of product you can use for everything. I’m never keen on makeup that looks like I’m wearing a mask, i.e too much foundation and contour etc, where I don’t look like myself, I find that quite uncomfortable and its not an image I want to promote but I like it when I get to do something that involves me playing a character and the makeup is adding to the character. Follow Amelia on Instagram here and check out her new blog.
QUICK FIRE QUESTION ROUND
The best thing about modelling? Travel
The worst thing about modelling? Comparison
LA or NY? LA to live, New York to be inspired
The next place you’d like to travel to? Tulum
Eyes or lips? Lips everyday but for going out I do like a good cat eye
Drugstore or high end beauty? High end
Beauty trend you can get on board with? Brows
Beauty trend you wish would die? The Kardashian look, crazy contouring
Beauty item you can’t live without? RMS Living Luminizer