Eliza Baker: The Model Interview
Mother Agent @Busy ModelsSydney @ Vivien's Models
BY SACHA STREBE FOR PONY RYDER
BY SACHA STREBE FOR PONY RYDER
Q: You were discovered at 14 by Summer at Busy Models in a parking lot, did it surprise you?
ELIZA BAKER: 13 turning 14 at the Gold Coast convention centre at a careers expo, I wasn’t planning on going to....Yes it did surprise me.
Q: What was it like to be scouted?
ELIZA BAKER: It kind of gives you a boost of confidence in a way.
Q: When Summer first found you, you were 5'8" and now you are easily 5'11" - your legs are incredible
ELIZA BAKER: I know I am 5’11 now. Haha thank you!
Q: BTW - how does it feel to be the girl on top?
ELIZA BAKER:I don’t really know what I am feeling, I don’t really think of myself as being the girl ‘on top’ haha I just think of myself as a normal girl.
Q: How do you maintain your body and health?
ELIZA BAKER: I do sport at school which I would say is my fitness and I love my food too much to say no to it!
So I eat what is in front of me but I make sure I don’t overeat and I do watch my portion sizes. I love salads so I guess that’s a good thing.
Q: Despite this year only being your second time at MBFWA, you were listed by The Sunday Telegraph (http://www.news.com.au/
lifestyle/fashion-beauty/most- in-demand-models-for-fashion- week/story-fnet01u7- 1226613947583 ) as one of the most in demand models, walking a total of 17 shows including Camilla and Marc, Maticevski and closing the Aje show - how did it feel to be so highly sought after?
ELIZA BAKER: I couldn’t believe it to be honest....It always amazes me to hear people talking about me like that.
Q: New York is calling, any plans to venture there soon?
ELIZA BAKER: I really want to focus on school at the moment and enjoy it while I can. If modeling takes off when I finish school I guess I will go and do as much as I can, and if not then I know that it isn’t my calling in life.
Q: Who did you meet backstage?
ELIZA BAKER: I met a lot of amazing people backstage, all the designers such as Alex Perry and Aje. When I went to my fitting and saw Alex Perry there I was definitely star struck.
Q: For those who have never walked a runway, can you describe what it feels like to take to the catwalk with all eyes watching?
ELIZA BAKER: It definitely is an amazing moment as you know all eyes are on you. Sometimes all I hear is myself breathing but most of the time I hear people complimenting the clothes and also all the cameras taking pictures of you....you feel important I guess, haha.
Q: Does it feel strange after all the glamour, lights, camera, action of FW to put a uniform back on and head back to school?
ELIZA BAKER: It’s hard to get back into school mode because I have been so busy with fashion week and now I have assignments to catch up on and the pile just keeps growing!
Q: Your school formal will be coming up soon, have you got your eyes set on a designer dress?
ELIZA BAKER: I have found my formal dress and I love it....it’s not a designer dress but I love it:)
Q: What is your ultimate goal in modelling for the future?
ELIZA BAKER: My goal for modelling is to get on the cover of Vogue. I think that would be cool, haha but I’m pretty happy with what I have achieved already.
Q: When you're not modelling, are you super casual?
ELIZA BAKER: I am super casual...I never wear makeup if I don’t have to and my wardrobe consists of shirts, shorts and flip flops......I guess I’m a Gold Coast Girl.
Q: If modelling doesn't work out, I will...?
ELIZA BAKER: I would love to become a nurse, that’s been my dream since I was 15.
Q: Runway or editorial?
ELIZA BAKER: Runway
Q: Favourite song/singer is...
ELIZA BAKER: I love the band Fun J
Q: I’ve been told I look like…
ELIZA BAKER: I’ve been told I look like Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Hawkins...I can’t really see it, I just see Eliza.