|It is almost time for Britain's Next Top Model, and we've talked to Scottish contestant Simone Murphy pre-premiere.
Who is Simone Murphy?
Simone Murphy is a Scottish Model hailing from Edinburgh and she is the only contestant on Britain's Next Top Model 2017 from north of the border.
We caught up with Simone to get the low down on what it's like to be on the show & what her plans for the future are. The new series of Britain's Next Top model launches 16 March at 9pm, exclusively on Lifetime, make sure you tune in!
How has the experience been so far?
It's been amazing and absolutely life changing. I've met and worked with people I really admire - fantastic creatives from the industry - and I've met people that I know will be life long friends. I feel like I'm just getting started and it makes it so exciting to wake up and get to work each morning!
How does the auditioning compare to normal casting jobs?
It's definitely far more nerve-racking! Everything is filmed which of course adds to the tension and the questions are much more personal - about you and your life experiences - as opposed to your modelling and work experience. You really need to put yourself out there, especially on your audition tape which can be daunting.. That said the people interviewing were lovely and made me feel at ease - I think I can honestly say I enjoyed the experience.
On BNTM you now have to be an all round #girlboss, what are you going to do to ensure your success?
Firstly, I'm going to work really hard, you need a killer work ethic to be a #girlboss. I'm going to build on my experiences and the opportunities they bring. Every shoot I work on brings me closer to my goals, it's about loving what you do, building strong relationships and delivering for clients.
What are your goals for after BNTM?
Modelling, I would also love other opportunities to work in tv as I found the industry fascinating. The BNTM experience has taught me to embrace what comes my way and to set the bar high.
You have worked with some amazing brands, who are your favourites?
Recently I've been lucky enough to work with some amazing Scottish brands and that's been a real pleasure - Cross Cashmere, REEK perfume and Stewart Christie & Co - there are great creative things happening on our doorstep.
Have you found being based in Scotland challenging to your career?
It's a joy to live and work in Scotland and of course lots of modelling is international so as long as you're near an airport you can get to where you need to be. That said, the diversity and volume of agencies, brands and opportunities still lies in the south and sometimes you need to be close to the action.
If you could only take one thing to a desert island, what would it be?
Assuming I can source my own coconut oil on the island (my absolute must have for hair, moisturising and cooking) I'm going to say....a comfy bed....I like to sleep!
Who is your favourite model at the moment and why?
This is always such a hard question to answer because I have so much admiration for anyone working in the fashion world, it's not an easy industry to manoeuvre. I'm really inspired by Jessica Morrow at the moment, she's signed with Wilhelmina who have an incredible ensemble of models.
If you could model for any designer who would it be?
How can I possibly choose?! Anothony Vaccarello for Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to name a few.. I could go on!
Follow Simone's journey on her instagram and don't forget to tune in to Britain’s Next Top Model 2017 on the 16th of March on Lifestyle.
Images shot by Alex Adair.