Last Friday I had the most awesome shoot combining both my passions into one Science AND Fashion.
Running around the Anthropology Department of UCL with my million year old male model in hand, ironically named Homo Erectus, we recreated everyday science scenes with a twist of humour and a touch of irony. Dressed quite appropriately in grungy Alexander McQueen (who I must say is one of my favourite designers) along with the very futuristic sci-fi Atsuko Kudo (a latex brand that Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and other celebs often wear).
The shoot wasn’t exactly all fun and games, it was an artistic interpretation of the #DistractinglySexy incident in 2015 when a male Professor and Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt, made some sexist comments at a conference about the “trouble with girls”. “Three things happen when they are in the lab,” he said, “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.” He said his comments were meant to be “light-hearted, ironic comment”, but whatever the intention, it went over like a heavy metallic dirigible in a field with some widely acknowledged gender issues. He has since resigned from his position. See article here .
I’m glad to have been part of this project. As a female scientist who has herself faced gender bias, it was nice to bring awareness of this issue with an artistic interpretation. Whilst at the same time dispelling social myths and stereotypes about the divide between beauty and intellect. Just because a woman may look attractive does not mean she’s an idiot, just because a woman is intellectual does not mean she is any less of a woman. To me personally I have always admired strong female characters that embody both qualities she is strong, independent, intimidating and a force to be reckoned with. I have had the pleasure to be surrounded by these women Professors, Drs, Post Docs, Scientists, Engineers, Editors, Managers, Mothers. Celebrities don’t inspire me because some of them quite honestly are completely devoid of substance, but examples of extraordinary women inspire me everyday.
Find the Models.com article HERE.
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Place of Origin:
Born and grew up in Sydney, Australia
You know it’s actually quite funny, I’d never thought about modelling in my life, I’ve always been a little strange, quirky, nerdy and a bit of a tomboy. So it’s kind of like a Miss Congeniality moment. I was 20 and a little shy — I hadn’t talked to boys let alone ever had a boyfriend, so I thought maybe studying human attraction would help me understand human attraction (and you know maybe I’d learn some tricks too haha!). I was doing a research project in Human Evolutionary Biology (Human attraction) at the ironically named Sex Lab at University in Sydney. During that time a friend of mine wanted to take me to the Annual Ball at Uni, so you know we got this beautiful dress (and I was a tomboy so it was like my first dress), I was taken to the Bobbi Brown makeup counter to get my makeup done, I saw this man staring at me really intently, after staring some more, he walked over and gave me this card, I remember just staring at this card mostly confused and bewildered. This was either the ultimate prank or the ultimate compliment, I didn’t even know I was attractive! I remember thinking to myself ‘Gollum’ (my nick name at the time) a model? Is this real?! … Guess studying human attraction worked… *wink wink*
I love birds, nature, positivity, science and I have a weak spot for whipped cream, macarons and churros.
Favorite music, band:
I’m pretty easy, I love all good music. I especially love symphonic metal. The combination of classical operatic vocals, classical music delicately combined with Rock/metal is just beautiful. Some of my favourite music makers at the moment are Arctic Monkeys, Tarja Turunen, Epica, AFI, Skindred.
Favorite movie, tv show:
I actually don’t watch or follow any series or TV shows. With the exception of David Attenborough! How can you pick just one movie??? I feel like I’m a woman of extremes, a kid at heart with a dark twist. My favourites are Pocahontas, Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, Little Nicky and The Shining.
Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
I do have a small obsession with perfumes, I love fresh, sweet floral scents. My personal favourites are Dior J’adore, Chanel Chance, Givenchy Ange Ou Démon Le Secret
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Oh that’s easy, I’d do exactly what I’m doing now minus the modelling. I’m both a Conservation Ecologist & Human Attraction scientist (Human Evolutionary Biologist). In my spare time when I get a chance I’m also a Women’s Empowerment & Motivational Speaker.
As a conservation Ecologist I’ve worked in the remote Australian Outback with wild penguins, wetland birds and aquatic invertebrates. I’ve even had the wonderful pleasure of meeting a few deadly creatures unexpectedly up close and personal (a snake slithering out whilst on the loo)!
As a human Evolutionary Biologist one of my studies on men’s beards went viral on the internet and was literally covered by every major news outlet (BBC, Time, Forbes etc). We basically found that beards are most attractive when they are rare as opposed to being common (negative frequency dependence) and ended up creating a new term ‘peak beard’. So far I’ve published two original research papers in scientific journals.
I’m currently undertaking a PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology. I’m looking at the controversial issue of colorism (discrimination based on skin tone) in Asia, the role ‘pro-colorist’ beauty marketing and advertisements is playing in lowering the self-esteem and self-confidence of women & girls.
A project I’ve been doing on my own has been empowering women of all ages through motivational talks on positivity, inner beauty (confidence), human attractiveness, exposing unrealistic beauty ideals and harnessing positive body image. I recently had the pleasure of giving one of my talks at a South Australian Cancer Council event to some of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met, ex breast cancer survivors. I have also toured across schools in Australia.
What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
Hahaha, I don’t think anything can possibly be ‘uncool’! Some of the wickedly awesome things I love are gardening, I’m probably going to sound egotistical but I love growing Zinnia’s in my garden. My pet chickens and ducks, so yes that includes chicken training! I collect rare Australian coins
What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
Expansive natural beauty, the unique plants and animals, the coral reefs and the sunshine!
Which brand would you really love to model for?
There are three brands I absolutely love and would love the chance to work with, Alexander McQueen for its undeniable uniqueness and dark twist, Prada for its independence and femininity, and Chanel for its grace & simplicity. There are so many amazing creatives, all of them! I have to say I’d love the opportunity to work with Nick Knight, he’s such an innovative visionary.
Place you would love to visit:
Antarctica – The last place on Earth to be touched by man’s industrial hand.
Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
The ridiculous speed of climate change, I’m working on a project at the moment using my environmental background.
My PhD project on the fascinating topic on the continued existence of Colorism in the 21st century.
I also run this page on Instagram called @DuckandFowl. I was tired of seeing boob, buttock & body appreciation pages on Instagram and I’m kind of obsessed with birds so I created a page just for ducklings and baby birds! Designed to make you smile everyday!