- Name: Katie Holcroft
- Agency: Monarch
- Ethnicity: New Zealander with Swiss heritage on her mom’s side.
How did you get into modelling?
I went to Catwalk Studios’ workshop when I was 13 [Editor's Note: Catwalk Studios modelling workshops are run by Monarch model agency owner, Amanda Bransgrove]- I was forced to go by my mother. Amanda said as soon as she saw me coming down the road she loved me!
What was your first job?
Walking in a Newmarket Young Designer show.
Favourite modelling job so far?
Doing New Zealand Fashion Week last year.
Dream modelling job?
A big fragrance campaign.
Dream modelling destination?
What do you love about modelling, and what do you hate about it?
I was always teased for my height and weight when I was younger. Modelling is kind of a way to embrace how I am. Also, it’s a good feeling, being able to portray a designers collection. What I don’t like is the loneliness and how it’s not a very consistent job.
How do you find the pressure and the rejection at such a young age?
I’m still kind of new so it’s not so extreme yet. I’ve got a pretty thick skin. Rejection still hurts though, I did a bridal show and I had my hair and makeup done and everything – my friend had even come to watch and then at the last minute I got dropped by the designer. That hurt. But there’s always rejection, you’ve got to get used to it.
What about staying in shape? Dieting and exercise and all of that? How do you find it?
Staying in shape is pretty easy right now – I’m young. Also, my dad is 6’8″. I’ve got his genes. I eat 20 times what my friends do. I love sports and used to play a lot but I have light asthma which stops me.
If you weren’t modelling, what would you be doing?
Well I’m in school right now. It’s kind of my main focus at the moment – I do well in school. I work hard at it. I want to be the ‘smart’ model. In the future I think I’d like to own my own early childhood centre. I love kids. That or a cardiothoracic nurse. I want to give back.
What’s the last thing you bought?
Pyjamas from Peter Alexander.
I love Gemma Ward.
Pink. I know, typical girl answer.
What’s something people wouldn’t necessarily know about you?
That I’m lefthanded and that I have irrational fears of two things: Bellybuttons, and geese. Bellybuttons because they’re disgusting, and geese because I had a traumatic experience with them when I was young.
Draw me a picture of your favourite animal: