Confessions of a Top Model

Oriflame’s editor Sanna Franklin chatted up model Kelsey Martinovich behind the scenes of our tutorial video shoot. Find out more about this top model’s work/life balance, life in London, and how she stays fashionable, healthy, and fit.

Hi Kelsey! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you become a model?
I first started modelling when I was 18 and signed up with an agency in Sydney. However that didn’t really work out for me so I went on Australia’s Next Top Model and I ended up the runner up to win. They actually announced me as the winner but got the name wrong – it turned out I was actually second!

It all worked out though. The winner and I became good friends and I got a lot of attention and publicity because of the show!  I moved to London about four months ago now and I have been modelling here since then.

Do you travel a lot?
Well I have worked in Australia for three years but I’m starting to travel a bit more now that I am in Europe. I recently went to Sicily, which was amazing, and I’m going to Milan next week for a shoot that I’m really looking forward to!

Now that you’re no longer living in Australia, what do you miss the most it?  
I would have to be a stereotype and admit it’s the weather. I miss the beach and swimming in the ocean so much! But it’s always there, right?


What’s your makeup routine like when you're not working?
I actually don’t wear makeup unless I work. I like to give my skin some rest. Every night I make sure I cleanse my face. I put on a beauty balm and eye cream and during the day I always make sure I’m really hydrated with cream and also by drinking a lot of water.


Are there any products that you just can’t live without?
Yes, lip balm! It needs to be super hydrating.

How would you describe your personal style?
I wear a lot of vintage clothing. I am always out for tea, so I go to a lot of tea shops here in London. I have my favourite tea shop in East London. I’m really chilled out and relaxed in my spare time.


What's the modelling profession like in your opinion?
I’ve been modelling for four years now. I started when I was 18. It’s got its ups and downs. Sometimes it can be really hard. You can be cold and you’re in swimwear on location and it’s freezing because you’re shooting ahead of the seasons. On the other hand, you meet some amazing people. It’s definitely a job that can take you places. I personally love it, and I’m having a ball. Being a model is really fun!


As a model, your appearance is important. How do you stay healthy and fit?
I’m basically raw vegan. On photo shoots I usually bring my own lunch and snacks to keep me alive. On weekends, I eat a hot meal but only to keep my body familiar with that sensation, because that’s good for you. I care about what I eat because it really reflects on your skin. I also do yoga 3 times a week and I run occasionally, but I’m finding it really hard here in the cold. But it’s ok, I still do it!

Words by: Photographs by: Oriflame Editorial team