Polly Bean, the one with the beanpole physique and those super smize, 2-dimensional eyes, was discovered in Covent Garden and snapped up immediately by Premier Models. She only works with the best and can now add renowned department store Harvey Nichols to her fashion credentials – and isn’t about to keep it quiet.
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This 5”10 Brit began her career gracing the pages of Private Eye and is now bringing ‘supermodeldom’ back into fashion. Her obvious good looks have scored her campaigns with Burberry, Miu Miu, Louboutin and Prada Eyewear and her wit and charm has landed her a blog on Vogue.com where she documents the daily endeavours of a life in high-fashion and commentates on the latest trends and how to wear them. Refreshingly real, Miss Bean is hot and she knows it; she’s not one to count modesty among her traits, but if you’ve got the poise of a gazelle and the face of an angel, why not flaunt it, right? She can work any look but her favourite is one she invented – the off-duty model look. This trend consists of a designer t-shirt and Chanel 2.55 complete with a pair of Converse. Casual, comfortable perfection!
What’s your first thought when you look in the mirror? Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?
What’s your grooming regime? Okay, I usually start with an invigorating massage from the amazing Teresa Tarmey- she’s one of the best in the business and has the most incredible healing hands that leave me feeling rejuvenated. I make my own face cream (I’m still waiting for that cosmetic campaign)… this is a recipe my good friend Hamish Bowles gave me (apparently it’s been in his family for generations), containing egg white and Manuka honey. I whisk one egg white until frothy, then I add a teaspoon of honey slowly while still beating. Then I slap liberally around my face and neck, and leave on for 20 minutes- in Hamish’s words “soft as a baby’s bottom”. Then to make myself really amazing I spray on a little “Eau de Bean” the new fragrance by Polly Bean… it’s a prototype of my first scent and is completely uplifting.
What do you get up to in your down-time? I have mastered my down-ward dog technique with my yoga instructor, Shiva, which takes up most of my down-time. We also do the “Five Tibetans” chant on conference call. I’m a very spiritual individual.
What can you not live without? Goji berries (for my five a day), converse sneakers-my preferred mode of transport, a Rick Owens leather jacket, Christopher Kane jelly clutch, and my loyal and faithful iPad.
Have you ever been in love? Yes. Right now. His name is Ollie. He’s a beautiful, spiritual person both from the inside and outside, qualities which are very close to my heart. He also happens to be quite rich and unassuming, so we have lots in common.
How do you keep your cool in sticky situations? It’s important to know how to deal with sticky situations and remain head strong. I usually call my agents at Premier and let them deal with it.
You can now add Harvey Nichols to your fashion credentials, how did it feel being picked over all the other models to wear their AW12 collections? Obviously it was a great honour, but I knew I’d got the job after my first casting with them. It’s not hard to see that I’m different to other models. I have a certain quality that stands me out from the others. I think it’s my eyes.
What advice would you give to an aspiring model? In the words of my heroine Miss Jean Brodie “Little girls, I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the crème de la crème. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”
Text: Felicity Kinsella
Images: Polly Bean (aka Neil Kerber)
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