Hold the Glamour

I am a full-figure model and working mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend. I am a Leo. I am a first-generation Aussie and mother to two amazing little native New Yorkers. I believe that fashion is important—but so is real life. I believe that all women are beautiful and strong. I believe in working hard and loving harder. I believe in eating delicious food and drink with close friends, in breathing deep the air of new places, in laughing until you cry. I believe that when our bodies and minds are healthy and balanced, anything is possible.

Tag: Mornings

What makes a fashion model, a model?

What does a ‘fashion model’ mean to you? What thoughts come to your head? How would you describe one and what separates one from another in your opinion? What age is too young and what age is too old? Please… talk to me!

This week I have had two beautiful yet interesting women called ‘models’ come to my attention in the news and for obvious reasons I was riveted. I wanted to know more.

The first was 85 year-old Daphne Selfe from the UK. The Today Show called her ‘the oldest working supermodel in the world’. I was intrigued. I watched as this beautiful and confident woman in her old age spoke about her life and career which has spanned over 60 years.

What a remarkable woman and talk about the career she has had — who can speak of that? She still looks amazing and makes an effort to look her best with her long greying hair. I simply love the lines on her lived-in face. What a fabulous story it tells and reveals. Like I said… I am intrigued.


The second woman I knew nothing about until two days ago was Nicole Trunfio. Not only is Nicole a sexy and beautiful Aussie chick — she is so hot right now and has been for ages. What a fabulous career she has had thus far. Nicole has this classic, curvy, sexy beauty that makes you feel appreciative of being a woman. OMG! I love her look.


It really is incredible how many successful people there are in the world. There are so many that standout in the modeling/fashion industry, that I am still meeting so many of them along my amazing life and career journey. It is phenomenal and it still blows my mind.

Tomorrow, I’m hopping on a Qantas flight bound for New York. I have to get packing so stay tuned for more ‘fashion model fun’!

Noosa, Qantas & ‘Mornings’


We arrived in Noosa, Queensland to finish the Sara by Ezibuy shoot after a mere one-and-a-half hour flight. We settled in to our accommodation, bought some breakfast foods for our mornings, unpacked and got to bed by 9pm for our very early start the next day. The weather was fine the first day however, the remainder of the trip was a wash-out. It actually rained when the forecast made no mention of bad, grey, cool and wet weather. It was not good.

The Australian Brushturkey could not have been more unaffected by the weather or our shoot schedule. They were roaming freely, staring at me with my pin curls in the van waiting for the crew to set up on the beach.

Noosa - Australian Brushturkey

Noosa – Australian Brushturkey


Noosa - did someone say we were ready to start shooting?

Noosa – did someone say we were ready to start shooting?


Our last day we were huddled in a tent on the beach, trying to stay warm and dry. Thank goodness I have learnt to take my very warm Ugg boots and coat with me whenever I shoot on location. Once bitten, twice shy as they say? No one likes being cold – or do you?

Noosa - The Sara crew and I waiting it out on the beach for the rain to stop

Noosa – The Sara crew and I waiting it out on the beach for the rain to stop and the blue skies to appear


Once back in Sydney, whilst the crew continued the shoot in studio, I had a day of media booked through my agent Harry M. Miller. My first interview was with Qantas’ – Up & Away with Julie McCrossin. The interview will air in September on the Qantas inflight entertainment radio channel. I’ll most likely get to hear myself on radio as I’ll be returning to Australia in September. How bizarre indeed!


Sydney - 'Mornings' TV program on channel 9

Sydney – ‘Mornings’ TV program on channel 9


Next up, I  appeared on the channel 9 morning television program called appropriately, ‘Mornings’ with hosts Sonia Kruger & David Campbell. It was my first time on this particular show and meeting both Sonia and David. They were as friendly and lovely as they appear on air. We spoke about my life as a full-figure model, travels and what life is like being away from home and my family.


Sydney - My appearance on 'Mornings' on channel 9

Sydney – My appearance on ‘Mornings’ on channel 9


Sydney - With hosts Sonia Kruger & David Campbell

Sydney – With hosts Sonia Kruger & David Campbell


And finally on my Sydney agenda was my last studio day for Sara. The crew and I went at it hard and fast all day long. It was a 12-hour day finishing at 7pm. Needless to say, my 5.30am start was finally catching up with me. I drove to my parent’s home with my family all waiting to have a delicious meal cooked by my amazing mother – it was time to say farewell to this Australian trip.


Sydney - Abby Valdez and I working hard and fast on our final day of the Sara shoot

Sydney – Abby Valdez and I working hard and fast on our final day of the Sara shoot


Did I mention, how much I missed my husband and two kids? I was so ready to go home to New York and see their beautiful, smiling faces – waiting for me on the street as my car pulled up to our apartment building. It will remain as one of my favourite snapshots of my memory to date. I was ready to inhale them all.

What are some of your favourite memory snapshots?