The model, 29, on the modern eras beauty ideal, giving her horses swimming lessons and her Blue Steel pose

Modelling is hard and strange in slippery ways. Being put in front of a camera and told to be sexy can be cringe-worthy until youve worked it out. Quite often youre standing in front of the camera and someone will say, Can you dance? and youre the only person in the room dancing. Its mortifying.

I was absolutely fuming to be told by a brand that I was too fat to open this years Milan Fashion Week. A chain of Chinese whispers got back to my agent, who had to call and tell me that It had been a little bit difficult in the fitting and Youre a little bit bigger than you were last year. I was incensed that I had to find out that way.

My horses have anything their hearts desire, including swimming lessons. Swimming helps them build strength without putting pressure on their joints and ligaments.

Being unable to keep up with the world mentally while lying in bed for months on end staring at the ceiling with severe head and brain injuries was shocking. Id been aware that, as a rider, I was statistically due a bad fall. My world felt slow and broken, and the securities Id built up like being quick to learn and get on with most people disappeared. Ive learned to roll with it.

As a teenager I had bad teeth, blue/green pond water hair and a sort of existential malaise. Now I think I probably fit into the modern eras perceived western beauty ideal, but theres been a lot of right place/right time surrounding my success. Having my hair cut short was something people latched on to. It satisfied their longing for someone quite androgynous.

Im certain that Im not ready to have kids. Im not sure it looks that much fun. And our political or ecological climate is one that I wouldnt wish on my offspring.

I think the moral obligation is to keep your carbon footprint low rather than hope that being more famous and having more Instagram followers will help you persuade other people to keep their carbon footprint low. Its a tenuous point.

My father is a sarcastic man. When he once said he had wasted so much educating me and my sister, what he meant was that hed spent a lot of money on our education while we seem to be employed as nothing more than clothes horses It was humour, I think.

I have a version of the Blue Steel pose. Its a face I do in pictures that I dont do in real life. Its one eyebrow slightly raised, and a three-quarter-angle head tilt that I think I look best at. That sounds nauseatingly embarrassing.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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