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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Patricia Higgins

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Having the ability to be good at a broad range of skills is a huge advantage. As a professional model, presenter, copywriter and journalist/blogger, Patricia Higgins is a very capable young woman. She gets very involved in life, keeping as busy as possible. She enjoys acting and stepping out of the comfort zone. It is therefore very pleasing to be able to present Patricia in our latest model profile.

Q & A

Q. What is your family background?

A. I grew up in northern Brisbane in a fairly unadventurous family with older parents. I was strongly encouraged to work hard at school and had quite a strict upbringing.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. No, I never really considered it at that age - this was mostly due to my height. I would watch television programs like “Australia's Next Top Model” but the requirement there was a height of 5"9 and above. Also, the environment looked so fiercely competitive that I never entertained the idea as a teenager.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. That there are more ways than one to skin a cat. That means you can find a niche as a model even if you don't fulfill the standard fashion requirements. Also, communicating with your fellow models is always a good idea rather than being stand-offish or competitive.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. Just being a published model is enough of a highlight for a petite model.

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. I love the beach and getting out in nature as much as I can.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I like a very eclectic mix of music. Old, new, alternative, rock, dance, chart music… it just needs a good beat. I appreciate a decent “story” with the lyrics or something emotive. It's whatever I am feeling in the present moment, or sometimes a song can recall the past vividly. It's all about what I am in the mood for.

Q. Favourite films?

A. It's a bit like my taste in music… a real mixed bag. My favourite all time movie is probably “It's a Wonderful Life” and that's a black and white oldie feel good movie that's especially great at Christmas time. Stands outs for me would be “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Fight Club”, “Almost Famous” and “Napoleon Dynamite”… I am sure there are others too….but that's off the top of my head. I enjoy movies much more when I can't predict exactly where the plot is heading.

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. I am very feminine these days. I love short dresses, but also favour a slightly boho look. I like to inject a little sex appeal and I like to stand out a little bit. I love to shop at boutiques but I also love a bargain. I wear heels when I can handle them.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. Use vitamin E straight from the capsule as a night serum - it's the best thing to apply topically for dehydrated skin. For plumper lips very slightly overdraw them with lip liner but make sure you blend the line well. Drink as much water as you can. Try to get as much sleep as possible. I love “hair skin and nail” supplements too.

If you hair is feeling like it has “build up” mix a little bi carb into your shampoo (be careful if your hair is coloured as it can strip colour) it's great for blondes or if you want to fade out colour. If you are going to DIY tan out the bottle use moisturiser when applying around your ankles, wrists and knees (you need less of the product on areas like these to achieve natural looking results). Invest in a good quality at home hair treatment.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Shoot for the stars but always aim to be fulfilled by the work you are doing. Don't take any negativity onboard personally.

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. Absolutely not. A car (however prized it may be) is just an object and women should never be objectified - especially in relationships. If you are only valued for how little miles you have on the clock, for your streamlined contours, your cosmetic appearance and your ability to go fast and hard (it's all going to fade inevitably) that's not a relationship, that's just a loan rental agreement. If you let a man treat you like a vehicle then you are destined for the scrap heap.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. Paris. Barcelona.

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. There are a lot of actors and models and personalities that I admire but I am the sort of person who does things my own way. I don't really prescribe to anyone's modus operandi. I think it's really a bit small minded to worship at the altar of celebrity. I think you can learn a lot from what historical figures, world leader and entrepreneurs have said and done in their lifetimes. Honestly, I know people like the Kardashians have undeniable currency in society but my advice is to work on your own unique sense of identity and never imitate anyone else.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. Audrey Hepburn, Ghandi, Richard Branson, Johnny Depp, Socrates.

Q. Are there any issues that you feel strongly about and would like to briefly discuss?

A. Know your worth in this industry. Be careful of extensive work which is paid only in “exposure” or deferred payments. Take steps to protect your personal safety.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. I would love to run an agency and/or a fashion publication.

Measurements
Height: 157 cm / 5ft 2in
Weight: 55 kg / 121 lbs
Eye colour: Brown
Hair colour: Black
Shoe size: 7.5 UK / 9.0 US / 41.5 Euro
Chest: 96 cm / 38 in
Waist: 66 cm / 26in
Hips: 86 cm / 34in
Dress Size: 6 - 8

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