I don’t know how to explain it but some fashion friendships formed backstage at shows seem to create a bond for life. I have felt this most notably with Sarah Tilleke and only a handful of others in my career to date. Sarah is certainly a Style Voyeur favourite and a girl I have photographed many many times over her relatively short modelling career. She is a genius in front of the camera. She just HAS IT! A gift. Sarah could honestly melt a camera lens!! I say this all without even mentioning her obvious, blindingly stunning looks, her wise-beyond-her-years soul and beautiful personality to boot. I would actually go so far as to hazard a guess that Sarah has won The Face, however, because I, like you, have only seen the first two episodes, that is a total stab in the dark, but I really would not be surprised AT ALL! Regardless to say, I’ll love her ’til death 🙂
The Face has come to Australia and in a crazily exciting turn of events, 5 out of the Top 12 models shortlisted to take part in the Fox8 series are from WA! For those who didn’t already know (btw where have you been) clearly, there really is something in the water! Watching these girls on TV is a bit of a trip for me after having worked with them all backstage over the years, so what better way to show you how truly gorgeous they are on the inside as well as out, than to share 5 minutes with each of them, day by day in this Style Voyeur exclusive!
Name: Sarah Tilleke
Agency: Vivien’s Model Management
Current location: Swapping time between Syders and Perth
How did you get into modelling? Well, weirdly enough! I was handing out resumes to get a job as a check out chick somewhere when someone approached me and said I should seriously think about modelling…so I emailed around some digi’s to a few perth agency’s and Viv’s called me up 15 minutes later asking when I could come in to be signed!
What was your first big break? My first big break was defiantly winning the WAFA’s 2011/12 Hot New Talent Award, I actually couldn’t believe it! That was the first huge stepping stone in my career!
What has been your favourite job so far? Well shooting the Elle McPherson Lingerie campaign with Max Doyle was amazing! But to be honest even the smaller campaigns where I got to shoot with Justin Smith, Nick Leary, Todd Barry and Georges Antony are all equal favourites to me because of how talented they all are. So don’t make me choose Marce!!
What is your favourite thing about modelling? I love the PEOPLE!!! The industry is full of so many interesting, creative, charismatic people, you can’t help but have a ball every time you go to work!
What is your ultimate beauty tip? Have a good skin routine! Nothing beats good skin! Also having a regular routine to keep you looking after your skin works wonders! Oh and always keep hydrated to stay fresh and glowing! It was great getting to test out all the Olay Fresh Effects products on The Face, one of the many perks we got to experience!
What are your ultimate travel essentials? iPhone, iPad, water, moisturiser and a travel pillow!
What is the one piece of style advice you always follow? When in doubt I keep it classic and chic, with that combo you can never go wrong!
What do you do to stay fit? I love to run! In my opinion nothing is a better all-rounder. Yoga is amazing as well, but it’s always good to mix it up!
What are your favourite labels? Zara, Camilla and Marc, Toni Maticevski and (of course) Chanel
Who are your favourite designers? Vivienne Westwood! I adore her so much! I love the quirkiness and the theatrics of her style. Oh and I die every year when Chanel takes to the runway in Paris!
Who is your favourite model/ inspiration? I love Cat McNeil! She’s an absolute mega babe!
What inspires you generally? Oh that’s a hard one! I can be inspired by literally anything! I guess I’m generally inspired by the people in my life, I’m lucky enough to have some pretty amazing people surrounding me.
What are your favourite hangouts in Perth? I love love love Northbridge during the day! There are so many cute little vintage stores and cute cafes around! Such a secret little cultural treasure!
When you leave Perth, what do you miss most? The people, the weather and the beaches. People in Perth are so friendly and relaxed which is always so refreshing to come home to. And god! How could you not miss our beaches and sunshine!
What are you currently listening to? I’m currently listening to a lot of lame 90’s hits! Don’t judge!
What are you currently reading? I am currently reading nothing! But Liv (model at Vivien’s with me and we were on The Face together also) has gotten me so excited to read Looking for Alaska!
What do you do to kill time between castings/ on shoots? Between castings I am forever killing my battery life with Instagram and Candy crush…is that bad!? Haha and on shoots I like to unplug and have fun with the team.
What are you wearing right now as you do this interview? Some old denim shorts and a basic grey T with some black thongs ( it’s a scorcher today!)
Where are you right now as you read this? Sitting on some steps near a place called ‘IBRAS kebabs’….haha and can hear some old MJ in the background!
What were you doing right before this interview? Went to go pick up my new British passport!
What’s in your handbag? At the moment, wallet, Keys, phone, and sunscreen, helmet (I’m riding my bike around)
What are some of your guilty pleasures? Binge watching TV shows online with some tea and tim tams!
What are some of your biggest pet peeves? One of my biggest pet peeves is passive aggressive behaviour Bluugh! Oh! and when my sister scratches her throat with her tongue and makes the loudest most weirdest annoying noise!
Where do you see yourself in 5/10/20 years time? 5- I have no idea! 10- I have no idea! 20- I have no idea!
What is your ultimate end goal in life? Happiness has always been my life goal, what’s the point in anything if you are unhappy!
This or That…
Heels or flats? Flats with a small heel.
Coffee or tea? Tea!
Eyeliner or mascara? Oooo thats hard! Can’t a girl have both?
Work or play? Umm PLAY!
Summer or winter? Summer lovin!
Stripes or plaid? Plaid
Flip flops or sandals? Flip flops!
Scarves or hats? Hats!
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate (with strawberries on the side )
Love or lust? Love 🙂
Clubs or Dinner? Oooo dinner first clubs after!
Sleep in or get up early? Up early
City or country? City
Night or Day? Day
Jimmy Hendrix or Jimmy Barns? Beyonce!
Fiction or Non Fiction? Got to have both 🙂
DVDs or cinema? DVD ( so I can pause and rewind haha)
Water or Champagne? Water…I guess 🙂
Twitter or instagram? Instagram! @sarahtilleke01
Image credits: Max Papendieckn next by Jody Pachniuk, following two by Style Voyeur – last to come..
’til next time,
xxx SV xxx