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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Rachael Renouf

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Rachael Renouf was originally born in New Zealand. moved to Perth at a very young age, and now resides in Melbourne. She’s a make-up artist by trade but she has started to make her mark in the modelling/promotions industry. She loves the healthy, fit lifestyle and brings a certain sparkle to the eye. She is very keen to pursue her modelling opportunities and is working with some talented photographers.

Rachael has had some experience with commercials and is looking to pursue that side of her career while hoping to push into television and movies. While her modelling goals include being published in some of her favourite magazines such as Maxim, GQ Australia, Zoo Weekly and Sports Illustrated, we are giving readers a chance to explore Rachael in our special profile.

Statistics
Height: 157 cm / 5ft 2in
Weight: 52 kg / 114 lbs
Eye colour: Green
Hair colour: Blonde
Dress Size: 8 - 8
Shoe size: 4.0 UK / 5.5 US / 37.0 Euro

Credits
Toni & Guy Cottesloe Hair Model 2013
Featured model for Aussie Girls Facebook page 2013
Featured model for Kiwi Girls Facebook page 2013
Portfolio Shoot Brodie Butler 2014
Perth Fitness Model for Calendar 2015
Finalist for Maxim Australia Swimsuit Model of the Year 2014
Finalist for New Face of Summer 2014 - placed at 2nd runner up (3rd)
Top 14 Finalist face of Thumpstar Moto 20104
Top 4 Finalist for Sexiest Woman of the month March - Star Central Magazine 2014
Zoo Magazine Publication 2014 - Search for a cover girl
Portfolio photoshoot Gary Santos Photography
Portfolio photoshoot Dan Brady
Nakie Underwear Australia Brand Ambassador 2014
Fit College WA Brand Ambassador 2014
Kandy magazine February issue publication 2015
Portfolio Shoot Brodie Butler 2015
Define8 Brand Ambassador 2015

Q&A

Q. What is your family background?

A. My dad was born in New Zealand and my mum was born in Australia. My parents met in Victoria and later moved back to NZ. Years later there was me! At the young age of just over one year old, we moved as a family to Perth, Western Australia where I grew up and spent most of my life. My mum now lives back in Victoria and my dad is in Tasmania. Now I have just decided to chase my dreams and achieve my career goals and move from Perth to the east coast and be between Melbourne and Sydney!

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

A. Actually I really wanted to be a racing car driver! I’ve always been into the car scene. That was my dream job. I’ve been lucky to be able to be a part of racing events, be behind the scenes and taken for hot laps in trophy trucks and V8 supercars. But I was first approached by a modelling agency when I was 13. I did a couple of modelling school classes but due to school commitments it didn’t work out. On and off throughout the years I’ve been modelling but it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I started to really pursue with it.

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

A. I’ve learnt a lot of about myself; personal development wise. I’ve grown stronger and most definitely learnt who true friends are. I’ve really met some incredible people too. It’s been such an incredible journey the past few years. Biggest thing I’ve learnt that even though it is very hard work, it can be slow at times so never give up. It takes time - nothing happens overnight. The rewards and results are that much more amazing when you know how hard you’ve work for it!

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. This is a tough one… I got lots of great career highlights! Hmmm… one is definitely last year. I was one of eleven grid girls for the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs; what an experience…loved every minute of it! I was also very lucky to be a part of Perth Fitness Girls calendar as Miss May 2015 and raise money for the sick children at Princess Margaret Hospital. This project was very special as everything about the project was volunteered from the photographer, to the gym location to all models involved. All proceeds were donated to the hospital and felt very honoured to be a part of it. And of course being featured in magazines has also very much been an awesome career highlight!

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. Modelling actually started off as a hobby for me! So I have to say that and also working out. I love mixing it up from weight training at the gym to outdoor cardio, yoga and boxing! I try to work out almost everyday.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I love all sorts of music depending on the mood I’m in, but I have to say that I do love RnB, hip hop and rap! I definitely have a ghetto side to me.

Q. Favourite films?

A. Again I must say depending on the mood I am in, but I can’t go past Fast & The Furious movies. Although a childhood favourite I watched that was on TV again recently was Pretty Woman. No matter how many times I watch these movies I never get sick of them. I may or may not be able to quote most of the lines from them.

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. My fashion sense is actually quite simple. I pick bits and pieces out of the latest trends but I pick classics that I can wear through and through and be able to mix and match. I do love bright colours like coral and pinks. One of my most favourite shops is Kookai!

Q. Beauty tips?

A. My BIGGEST beauty tip is look after your skin! I can’t stress how important it is. This doesn’t just come down to beauty regime (make sure you always remove your make-up and cleanse your face) but also what you put into your body. Drink lots of water. Eat clean and healthy and nourish your body. Stay out of the sun. Or if you are in the sun make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat! All these tips and tricks help slow down the ageing process too.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Do your research. There are a lot of scams out there. Be very smart and really think about the photoshoots/projects you get involved in. Something that may seem harmless at the time could potentially crumble your future career. Think 10 steps ahead!

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

A. Well, I am a car enthusiast! So yes haha! Show her love, respect, honesty and loyalty! Goes the same way for women. You should do this for your men too!

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. Definitely Vegas! Loved the atmosphere, the weather, the people, the hotels, the shows.. just everything about it. I plan to hopefully get back there very soon!

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. Absolutely! I have a lot of them. Christina Applegate for one. Apparently I am her doppleganger too. For the past twelve years I have felt special whenever someone has said to me that I look like her. A very talented lady but I admire her for being a breast cancer survivor. Nor do you see her all over the gossip magazines. She seems to be a very private lady; I respect her for that. Some of my Aussie role models are Sheridyn Fisher, Ellie Gonsalves, Ashley Hayman to name a few. Not only are they stunning models, but they are very strong business minded people – more to them than just looks; beauty and brains. I also love that they promote a very healthy fit lifestyle too.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. I admire my parents and my closest friends. They are the strength and support I need when I need it most. Always there with me through the ups and downs, and alongside me with all my decisions I make. I don’t know where I would be without them. Another special person who has made a big impact on me and one I truly admire is my friend Yasmin. This girl is a massive inspiration to me throughout my modelling journey. She is the woman who can do it all; run many successful businesses, the most stunning and talented model, a loving wife and now the most beautiful mum. Someone who can do all that is truly special!

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

A. Absolutely, there are a few. I believe there should be more done about mental health. I have a few ideas along with that but they are a secret for now! The other is bullying/cyber bullying. Bullying/cyber bullying links to mental health – stop and think before saying something. It’s horrible reading some of the things people say to one another. Take Charlotte Dawson for example. Someone who suffered mental health for a while – to most of us we didn’t know she suffered depression. She appeared to be the light of the room, such a strong lady. But inside she had been battling her demons. She was bullied online and obviously it was the tip of the iceberg and it resulted to her not being able to face the world anymore. So before you say something mean or judgemental to someone, you don’t know what their situation is or what they may be dealing with privately. Think before you speak!

Q. Future ambitions?

A. Lots of ambitions! Definitely working on some more magazine submissions! And I really enjoy being brand ambassador for brands and companies too. I would like to get some more of those with my name attached. But something I would really really like to target, achieve and work super hard towards is TV commercials and gaining some more acting experience. Hopefully later on to be involved in a TV series and/or movies. Excited to see what the future holds!

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