Ella Verberne @ Clyne.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to do mini-profiles on a few of the model girls (and boys) around town. Firstly, I’m pretty fascinated by the industry as a whole, and secondly, I figured it would be a nice new segment for the blog, being a new year and all. I intend for this to be a weekly (fingers crossed) installment on New Zealand models I love, models I have my eye on, up and comers and just plain favourites, so who better to start off with than one of New Zealand’s most successful new faces and one of the nicest girls around – Ella Verberne:

Name: Ella Verberne
Agency: Clyne
Age: 17
Ethnicity: Dutch/Chinese

How did you get into modelling, and how long have you been doing it? Do you do it full time?
I was fifteen when I first started – next month I will have been doing it for two years. I do it part-time – I still go to school. I do Accounting, Stats, English, History, French, R.E and Chemistry.

How tall are you?
5’10″

That’s so tall!
Haha, I know. I don’t usually wear high heels to parties because I’m too tall – guys my age aren’t tall enough yet!

What’s the highlight of your modelling career so far?
I can’t say one job in particular, but I love shooting on location. And when I was featured on models.com - that was pretty cool.

Where’s your dream modelling destination?
Definitely New York.

What’s your dream modelling job?
If I could book a Prada campaign that would be amazing, or Chanel. Or Alexander Wang.

Who are your favourite models?
Kate Moss and Karlie Kloss. And any of the Victoria’s Secret girls.

Do you have a favourite food?
All food. I eat what I like, I’m not going to cut out anything. I love food. I do what I want!

What’s the last thing you bought?
An iPhone and some Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

Tell me something people wouldn’t necessarily know about you?
I’m obsessed with animals – especially small dogs. I have a pet cat named Casper, I wanted to name him Ash but it didn’t work out… Also, I like to paddle board and I used to skateboard.

Draw me a picture of yourself: (Note: Ella excused her drawing skills and decided she would draw a picture of me instead.)