Q&A WITH MODEL SARAH ANN MACKLIN

We caught up with model and budding nutritionist Sarah Ann Macklin, star of our Autumn/Winter '16 collection shoot.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’ve been modelling for 10 years, but am soon to become as qualified nutritionist. I am currently studying a BSc in Human nutrition. I adore modelling, and still so thankful that my career is as busy as ever, however it’s nice to combine another passion of mine, science and health alongside this. I am soon to launch my website, which combines my approach towards nutrition. I currently am the lead nutritionist to all the models at Select Model Management – and hope to make this approach accessible for every individual, not only models.  

(Check out Sarah's website HERE)

You were scouted at 16 – is that process as simple as a stranger approaching you and telling you, ‘you would make a good model’?

Yes, as bizarre as that sounds! I rang my mum to tell her, then I was invited into Select and signed that day, and then next day I was on a photoshoot. It all happened very quickly. However, Select always told me its 20% looks and 80% personality. You cannot be shy and have to be thick skinned and approachable. I do think it takes a certain person to be a model. 

 

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I have always loved cooking and home grown food. My passion started to flourish around 6 years ago, and that’s when I decided to start studying again, which lead me first to a HND in human nutrition and then onto a BSc in Human Nutrition.

In 2014 you were the face of Milly in New York – tell us a little about your life on the other side of the pond.

I loved NY, I lived there on and off for 2-3 years. It’s such an electric city, but it can leave you feeling a little burnt out if you never leave. However, it is probably one of my most memorable experiences, and I still have a lot of good friends who live there.

 

Did you ever feel like you lead two completely separate lives, one in New York and one in London? Which do you prefer?

No, as I was constantly flying back and forth NY and London. That’s a hard one, at the time I would probably say NY, as it was so new and exciting. However, I did really miss my family and friends back home, so London will always have my heart.

 

Do you have a favourite designer you’ve worked for?

Probably my good friend Matthew Williamson. Not only do I adore his clothes, but he’s a good friend, along with the rest of his amazing team. His shoots would always end up fits of laughter.

 

Which designer would you most like to work for? (or Stylist or Photographer)

Mario Testino or Annie Leibovitz

 

What are the best / worst things about fashion week?

Best – seeing all your friends; it’s the one time where you see everyone!

Worst – the manic schedules and lack of sleep.

 

Have you ever witnessed any catwalk nightmares?

Probably only show nightmares – which are any models worst fear!

 

Where is the most extravagant place you’ve been sent for a shoot?

I’ve been so lucky to travel all over the world on shoots. I recently went to the Virgin Islands for a gorgeous shoot on a super yacht. That was pretty incredible.

 

Now you’re launching your website, writing for magazines, and are being touted as the Hemsley and Hemsley of nutrition, AND you’re as busier than ever as a model, how on earth are you going to fit it all in???

I honestly am not sure! I think it’s because I love what I do. I am always being told to slow down from my friends and family, but that won’t be happening any time soon. I’ve grown up learning from my parents that success only comes from hard work and determination.

 

What’s a typical Sarah Ann Sunday afternoon?

There isn’t such a thing, hehe! However, if I was working on a shoot – or working in Shoreditch house tucked away in the back on my laptop, it would involve quality time with my friends and family. Maybe a Sunday roast and a long afternoon walk.

 

Who should we be following on Instagram?

Ohhh me! Hehe. Only joking.

Food wise - @whattohaveforbreakfast

People - @Katehudson I find great!

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