Gorgeous Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw is known for many things – her stellar modeling career, her quirky sense of personal style, her role as muse to industry insiders such as Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford and Terry Richardson – so it is no surprise to learn that she is quite the colorful character. Australian newspaper The Herald Sun sat down with Kershaw to discuss the things she loves, the things she doesn’t love, and what her modeling career means to her. While we certainly recommend you read the entire article for yourself, we have, in the meantime, picked out five things about Abbey Lee that you might not already know.
1. She has an assortment of tattoos.
With a collection of tattoos that includes an owl on her finger, a feather on her neck and markings on her wrist and chest, Kershaw admits she’s attracted to the pain inherent in body art: “It’s like wasabi,” she explains. “I love it because the hit is hot and intense, then it goes away, which is similar to getting a tattoo. Anyone who says it doesn’t hurt is lying – it canes, but then it goes away. I find that fascinating.”
2. She likes to play pretend.
“As a child, I spent a lot of time creating alternate worlds in my imagination,” she explains. “In the bath, I’d pretend to be a mermaid and lock the door so no one could come in and see my tail. I think that’s why I’m so good at what I do – I find it very easy to pretend to be part of a world I’m not actually in.”
3. She plays percussion for Our Mountain, her boyfriend Matthew Hutchinson’s band.
“I sing a bit and gig with them when I can,” she says. “I love music – Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen are favorites. One day, I’d like to venture into that area a little more.”
4. She doesn’t want to be a model forever.
“I have much more to give than a pretty face,” she says thoughtfully. “It’s great for me now, don’t get me wrong. The surprise element keeps it exciting; it’s taught me how to adapt in all sorts of strange situations. But I won’t do this forever; I have other things in mind. “I’ll always be involved in some form of creative expression, be it art, music or dance. One day, I’ll have a lot more tattoos and probably some odd hair colors, too.”
5. There is one aspect of the modeling industry that she doesn’t love.
“That, a little too often, I’m treated as nothing more than a coat hanger. It’s sometimes forgotten that models are people with hearts and souls. That can be tough to deal with.”
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