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A Model Life: Rebecca Dore’s unfettered classic beauty captured by Christchurch based photographer Dave Richards (LEFT) and Dore’s signature lucious auburn locks captivate the camera lens for Ken Arthur Hair (ABOVE).
Singled out at just 13 for her stunning looks, Christchurch model Rebecca Dore may have what it takes to make it on the international modelling scene, but remains content staying close to home. How did you get your big break in the industry? At 13 I took part in a teenage modelling workshop at Portfolio Model Agency, during the school holidays, solely to boost my confidence and self esteem. I had always had an interest in fashion, however had never actually seen myself as “model material.” From there, I was scouted by Mel Radford Brown (Owner/ Director of Portfolio) and the rest is history as they say. Describe your first modelling gig. My first booking was the Merivale Mall Fashion Show alongside stylist Stephanie Rumble. I was so incredibly nervous when I stepped out onto the catwalk, but I got bitten by the “bug” and once the show had finished I couldn’t wait to get back out there again. What does your role as booking agent encompass at Portfolio and how do you juggle this role with modelling gigs? No day is ever the same. Day to day, I might be training the models we currently have on our books, meeting with potential new models or working alongside our clients to arrange bookings for upcoming shoots. Mel has always been so supportive of my own modelling career and is encourages me to make the most of opportunities, so the two roles complement each other quite nicely. What has been your most rewarding job to date? The great thing about modelling is that no job is ever the same. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best in the business and have made some very special friendships. My most rewarding job would certainly have to be walking at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Australia. Australian Fashion Week is among the top Fashion Weeks in the world, which provides an amazing platform for a model’s career to be catapulted to new heights. What are the perks of the job? Being surrounded by the latest trends and fashions means I am certainly never struggling to fill
my wardrobe. I have also picked up some amazing hair and make up tricks over the years which come in handy during the weekends. What has been your favourite location you’ve traveled to for work? Recently, I was flown down to Queenstown for a magazine editorial and stayed at the incredible Matakauri Lodge. Prince William and Kate stayed there during their trip to New Zealand and we were certainly given the Royal treatment! What are the misconceptions you’ve faced in the modelling business? When I was younger, I had always seen modelling as an extremely catty and competitive environment. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. The girls I work with are some of the most genuine and down to earth people I have ever met and have become some of my best friends over the years. What’s the craziest situation you’ve found yourself in on a shoot? When you see an image in a magazine, there is always an amazing back story as to how that image was shot. Whilst I was overseas shooting for a Bridal Magazine I wore an amazing and ridiculously expensive Cartier engagement ring. What you couldn’t see in the shots were the four security guards that followed me around all day to protect not me, but the ring! What’s the one thing they never told you about modelling? Modelling is certainly not as glamorous as it may seem. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and stamina. What’s your secret to maintaining your figure? I grew up playing a lot of sport, so have always been fairly active. These days you won’t see me on the sports field as much, but you’ll find me at the gym 5-6 times a week doing a mix of cardio, weights and yoga.
In order to do my job to the best of my ability, I need to be in the best shape possible. I do eat fairly healthy food most of the time, however chocolate is my greatest weakness! How many New Zealand Fashion Weeks have you modelled in? I modelled in my first New Zealand Fashion week at 15 for Christchurch brand MisteR and have walked in five other Fashion Weeks since. In the world of modelling, Fashion Week is like the Olympics, working with industry heavyweights who are at the top of their game, so it is always such a buzz and honour to be involved. Do you have a favourite New Zealand fashion designer you love to wear when you’re not on the job? It is hard to pick just one, however I love the fun and contemporary looks from COOP. The pieces are on trend and easy to dress up or down. I definitely have my eye on a few garments from the latest collection! How would you describe your personal fashion style? My own style is constantly evolving; however I do like to keep it fairly minimalist. A dress, ankle boots and great coat are always a staple outfit for me. I buy a lot of my clothes from overseas and keep a close eye on what is trending on the catwalks. I find Miranda Kerr and Alexis Chung particularly inspiring. They are so effortlessly chic with everything they wear. How do you enjoy spending your down time? I love exploring the new café’s and restaurants popping up all over the city. Little Pom’s is my favourite – they have the best muesli! I have also recently signed up for a half marathon so am busy training and preparing for that. Growing up in Burnside do you still live there or elsewhere in Christchurch? I am still a Burnside girl through and through. A lot of the friends I went through Burnside High School with have now relocated
around the country for their studies, but it is great to catch up with them when they are home on holidays. My partner is also involved in the Burnside Rugby Club Division 2 team, so you will often see me down on the side line cheering them on. How long do you envisage modelling for? The great thing about modelling here in Christchurch is that we are a very commercial and mature market. The older I get within the market here, the busier I will become. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years’ time? I am really settled and happy here in Christchurch. At present, I am enjoying modelling here in Christchurch and Auckland and I would love to see this continue. I closed the door on international modelling opportunities a few years ago in order to focus on my role as the model booker at Portfolio, but never say never!
I had always seen modelling as an extremely catty and competitive environment. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Fendalton Ilam Gazette 27-09-16