Model Amy Finlayson Relates to Tinkerbell, Laughs When People Trip and Says 'Dude' Too Much

Julia Frakes

Model Amy Finlayson (b. December 23, 1987 in Western Australia) is supremely bright, super bubbly, and breathtakingly beautiful -- but it's her dry wit and fun-loving sense of humor that'll really make you swoon.

A portion from our most recent repartée:

Julia Frakes: Do you ever become homesick while traveling?
Amy Finlayson: Heck yes! I travel with picture frames, candles and pillows to make myself feel slightly at home; but my agency knows that I have to go home as much as possible or else I go a little nutty.

JF: How were you "discovered"?
AF: At the 'Viviens Live City Face Model Search Competition' (bit of a mouthful, I know).

JF: What are your favorite hobbies?
AF: Oh you know... base jumping, parasailing, hang gliding, spelunking... the usual.

JF: While traveling abroad, what do you like to do in new cities?
AF: People. Nah just kidding! I unpack as soon as I get there, set up all my things, find a good health food store and take a walk.

JF: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
AF: Tinkerbell, because she was always a little bit naughty.

JF: What makes you laugh uncontrollably?
AF: People tripping over on the sidewalk and then looking at the ground behind them. I laugh pretty easily!

JF: How would you describe your personal style?
AF: Janis Joplin if she lived in medieval times... but cooler.

JF: What are your last thoughts prior to stepping out onto the runway?
AF: Breathe.

JF: Do you personally prefer runway or editorial work?
AF: Hands down editorial. I like to act in my photos, and I like feeling the creative energy on set while shooting. It's nice to be part of an intimate team and know you are creating a form of art.

JF: What do you value most in others?
AF: Humor and honesty

JF: What do you value most in yourself?
AF: My ability to laugh at myself.

JF: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?
AF: Living in NYC by myself at age 20 and being fully self sufficient in all my endeavors.

JF: What do you consider to be your "big break"?
AF: [Shooting with] Steven Meisel in Vogue Italia.

JF: Do you believe in luck?
AF: Yes and no. You make your own causes and then receive the effects; but I guess luck could be a part of the mystery of the universe.

JF: Who is your favorite fashion photographer?
AF: David Sims

JF: What do you least admire about the fashion industry?
AF: The fact that it's an ‘industry,’ not a business. It's a machine and it shouldn't be.

JF: How do you keep yourself entertained backstage?
AF: I go onstage.

JF: How do you maintain your radiant complexion? Do you have a specific beauty ritual?
AF: Cleanse morning and night -- no exceptions; exfoliate; La Mer; noni and vegetable juices; a sensible diet; smile -- that's the most important thing!

JF: What is your favorite meal of the day?
AF: Midnight snacks

JF: How would you rate your cooking ability?
AF: Amazing with a capital 'A.’

JF: Are there any organizations or foundations that are close to your heart?
AF: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and UNICEF. I like to do a bit wherever I can.

JF: What do you consider to be the most widespread misconception about models?
AF: That we don't eat.

JF: What are your favorite fashion magazines?
AF: Vogue Paris, Dazed and Confused and Russh Australia

JF: Who do you trust more than anyone else?
AF: My parents

JF: What is your favorite fairy tale, and why?
AF: Goldilocks -- because I'm blonde and picky.

JF: What music are you obsessed with these days?
AF: Anything from or mixed by David Katz.

JF: Who are four of your favorite designers, and why?
AF: Lanvin for the fabrics, Balenciaga for the designs, Hervé Léger for the cut and Chanel for the class.

JF: Which words/phrases do you most frequently (over)use?
AF: I really need to cut down on the word 'dude'... it's getting embarrassing now.

JF: Do you ascribe to a particular life philosophy?
AF: Do what you love!

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