Where are you based?
I’ve been in Paris for six months now. I really like it although it’s a little bit hard with the language.
Where are you living in Paris?
I’m living in the Marais’ area. There are lots of little shops, cafes and bars and it’s really central. I climb a ladder to get into my bed – it’s a sweet little studio.
How did you land the gig at Balenciaga?
It was my second week of castings in Paris and I went to see the team at Balenciaga and they hired me to do the look book. I’ve pretty much been there since. After the look book, we drew up an agreement where they had to approve all other work I did. Before the autumn/winter '08/09 show in February, I was there seven days a week. It was pretty nuts.
Were you nervous?
I’ve done so many shows in Australia and usually it’s nothing to me, but I was so nervous [at Balenciaga]. The boots weighed like 3kg and there were only a few people who had to wear them. After wearing those boots, all other heels are nothing!
How would you describe your style?
I wear a lot of jeans. I have this brown cropped leather jacket with tassel detailing that I throw on with a flannel shirt, jeans and black men’s boots. I dress a bit boyish but I like to feel comfortable.
Who are your style icons?
Natalia Vodianova is beautiful and has a really nice style. I also really like model Freya Oehme’s boyish style.
What do you think about girls who develop eating disorders?
You have got to keep yourself in check. Before the Balenciaga show, I got really skinny. I was so stressed out, working until 1am and I became quite thin for a while. Backstage, you see little signs of girls freaking out and resorting to eating disorders. They just put so many negative thoughts onto themselves. They’re not skinny enough or something isn’t right about them. It makes me sad. I think it’s a pressure people can deal with well or not well. You do need to conform to a certain size – there’s a lot of controversy about that. It’s easier if you’re naturally thin – because the struggles some girls go through when they’re not naturally skinny – it’s hard. It comes to the point where you’re risking your health and your whole life – it doesn’t make sense.
How do you keep fit?
When I have time, I try to eat really healthily. It’s something I like doing anyway. I know how good healthy food is for you. I stick to fruit, vegetables and proteins. I have a naturopath in Sydney who has told me what foods are good and bad for me. I’m also naturally skinny.
– Georgie McCourt
Last edited by *Bianca*; 30-05-2008 at 12:37 AM.