Who needs intro, when you all know: IT'S MYF!!!
Fashion model Myf Shepherd is with Chic (Australia) and Next (worldwide).
MYF SHEPHERD: I tried out for Australia's Next Top Model, just for fun and I never gave it another thought afterwards. Then one day about six months later I was shopping at some markets in Brisbane when an agent from Chic came over and asked me to go down to Sydney. But I've told that story a zillion times and it's boring. So actually, my modeling contract was first prize in a cutlery-free-jelly-eating contest.
MYF SHEPHERD: Well a tall, pale, vegetarian (Alice) had just won the cycle, so they probably didn't want to reveal that there was more than one such specimen in the country – it's not exactly the Australian ideal of beauty.
PONY RYDER: :)
MYF SHEPHERD: I guess they're just more appreciative of tallness and paleness. Maybe vegetarianism as well.
MYF SHEPHERD: I think it can only lead to more work. They're constantly expanding and pleasing people, so I'm very proud to have my name is attached to that.
MYF SHEPHERD: Yes, I met her and Suri (but not Tom). They were both very sweet, just regular people. And I don't actually have any Levi's jeans. I need some new jeans though, so that's what I'll be getting. I was given some Miu Miu shoes though!
PONY RYDER: Shoes for Tom. Good. :)
MYF SHEPHERD: I was the most excited for Marc Jacobs, because that was my first big show. It was more than just a runway show too – it was a spectacle.
PONY RYDER: So Marc Jacobs show! What do you think Marc Jacobs is looking for in model? What were you instructed to present during the show?
MYF SHEPHERD: I've never known what anyone is looking for. I think it changes every second. It's probably better not to know or you'll confuse yourself trying to be someone else. I don't remember any instructions or criticism at shows, there's usually just an unspoken understanding of what is expected.
MYF SHEPHERD: One of my good friends fell and took off her shoes. It's got a lot of hits on youtube, it was kind of a moment for feminism.
PONY RYDER: I know, I saw it myself... ups... twice. Where you scared you would fall? Did you see other girls falling?
MYF SHEPHERD: I didn't know that anyone fell until after the show, so for me it wasn't an option. I was more concerned about them realizing I was there and sending me home.
MYF SHEPHERD: I've been walking since I was very young, so it comes pretty naturally.
PONY RYDER: Does it? :) Do you have your own signature walk or are you trying to be more versatile?
MYF SHEPHERD: I'd like to think I'm versatile but my walk probably only ever changes due to the varying comfortability of the shoes.
MYF SHEPHERD: I'm just myself...and most of the time that means being silly. I find that there's always a certain energy backstage, even if it's a nervous energy, that makes me want to play.
MYF SHEPHERD: A few photographers have told me that my «strength» is that I'm not a model-like model. I'll do something (usually something weird or stupid) and if they like it, they get a shot, if they don't I move on. The energy comes from being vegan. Truly, I always have energy.
PONY RYDER: I should try it myself then. But what does it exactly mean to be vegan? I mean, how do you get your proteins? Where you always vegan, or did you become one during your beginning as a model?
MYF SHEPHERD: Vegans don't eat anything coming from and animal. But it is about more than just food, and every vegan will have a different definition of it based on what they are comfortable with.
MYF SHEPHERD: Sometimes I take things like muesli bars, soy chips, vegan jerky, cereal and biscuits from New York overseas for emergencies. But it's pretty easy to find vegan food at supermarkets everywhere in the world. Paris has the best soy yogurt I've ever tasted. And I generally don't stay in model apartments. I prefer to live on my own.
MYF SHEPHERD: I like all the photos where I can see a bit of who I am. Most of those are from test shoots, with photographers that I am friends with...
PONY RYDER: Where you ever told to change something about yourself?
MYF SHEPHERD: I've been given advice, but I'm very stubborn...I think that most of the time it's not worth changing something about yourself because the next person will just want you to change back.
MYF SHEPHERD: Yes! But I'm more offended on the behalf of the photographers. I'm not so naive that I think they aren't photoshopping my face and body, but I think when people claim that photographic effects and techniques are all done in post, they are belittling the photographers' work.
MYF SHEPHERD: Too many! I was thrown from the back of an angry, charging donkey in a shoot once. Perhaps it wasn't quite so dramatic...
PONY RYDER: It sure sounds dramatic. Angry donkey? No thank you :)
MYF SHEPHERD: Hilary Rhoda...
PONY RYDER: Models have to have beauty secrets or at least beauty tips. Can you tell us some of that?
MYF SHEPHERD: I exfoliate with crushed up aspirin pills in water, and I wear zinc cream (sunscreen) to bed. It's strange but it's what works for me.
PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape?
MYF SHEPHERD: Walk EVERYWHERE. Also if there's a free gym in my hotel or apartment building I use that. And in Summer I love swimming.
PONY RYDER: What would you advise to new models.
MYF SHEPHERD: Don't listen to advice from other new models!
PONY RYDER: :)
PONY RYDER: Do you have any model friend that you would like to see presented on Pony Ryder blog?
MYF SHEPHERD: All of them.
SPECIAL THANKS TO CHIC MODEL MANAGEMENT.
Exclusive interview with fashion model Myf Shepherd is original work and courtesy of Pony Ryder blog.