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MODEL TO WATCH: MARIEKE

A new face at Profile, we talk to Marieke about foam parties, her scholarly pursuits and Bridget Jones. Marieke

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Where were you scouted?

It’s actually quite embarrassing… I was at boarding school, and each summer there’s a big tennis competition between the different boarding school students in Hunstanton. At the end of the week, there’s a huge, really cheesy and quite awkward foam party that everyone goes to… there was a scout at the entrance who approached me and asked me if I fancied being a model. I was 15 at the time.

You’re horse-riding in your Instagram picture, would you say you’re a country girl or a city girl?

I was brought up in Leicestershire, among the trees and fields and learnt to ride at a young age. I spent my childhood running about outside with my sister. Nowadays I’m much more of a city girl: I love the hustle and bustle of the city, and I adore always being busy. There’s something to see, something to do, somewhere to go at all times – you don’t get that in the countryside.

Lots of pretty pink cocktails photos too, if you were going to take us out for a drink, where would we go?

My favourite place is Raymond Blanc’s brasserie in Covent Garden. I discovered it on a school Drama trip with my best friends 2 years ago, and now whenever we’re all in London together, we go there for drinks. Their food is also amazing!! I also love the Kensington Roof Gardens; I had a shoot there once and have been back a couple of times since!

You’ve been on holiday to Greece this year, where’s your idea of paradise?

Lounging on the beach getting a tan, with an exciting book, good company and many swims in the sea. My book-reading isn’t necessarily very intellectual (I had enough of that at school!): I’ve just finished reading all the Bridget Jones books and have read every Dan Brown book during my various holidays.

You’ve just finished school, did you always want to be a model or are you planning on doing anything else?

I love modelling to bits, and I’m also quite academic. I’m lucky to have received a scholarship to Leeds University next year to study International Business, which I’m really looking forward to. I want to go into the business side of fashion later on in life so that I can carry on using the amazing opportunities and experiences that I’ve been given through modelling!

What’s been your favourite shoot or show to work on so far?

I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to have worked with some big names in fashion. That said, I think the most fun I’ve ever had on a shoot was when I was shooting lingerie in Hampstead Heath. I spent the day running around practically naked, with an amazing team who were stood on watch in case someone creepy-looking came along… we’d then hear our secret word shouted across the heath. Unfortunately, our word turned out to be ‘sausages’, which isn’t the best thing to be shouted out in Hampstead Heath if it lives up to its reputation!!!

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Sweatshirt ASHISH, Shorts M MISSONI

Photography: Danny Baldwin

Hair: Danny Defreitas

Make-up Artist: Violet Zeng, using MAC

Stylist: Dasha Kova.

MODEL TO WATCH: MARIEKE

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