I was lucky enough to have chat with one of the Mornington Peninsula's biggest up & coming models: Frankie Evans. This young woman is someone to keep an eye on- although it's not hard to do, right!? From her stunning curves to refreshing smile, Frankie is inspiring to not only myself, but to the young women of our community.
Oozing positivity and a clear drive for success, it is no surprise Frankie has been hired by the likes of Billabong, Hair & Me and Pop Cherry AU. What I love about Frankie, is that despite her work with some pretty big names, she also works alongside small and local businesses based right here on the ninch, such as Maaemo & F45 Dromana, sharing our local treasures with her wide social media reach. Buuuuut, enough of my rambling thoughts, have a read of what she had to say below...
When did you begin modelling? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I started when I was 16, so 5 years ago. My mum was a huge model in the 80’s so it was always in the back of my mind, although I still kept my options open, 5 years later and no other career path has grabbed my attention. I’m thankful I started when I was 16.
Is self love a vital role within your industry? Is it hard to love yourself within an industry such as modelling?
... yes. Yes again just for confirmation. When I was 16 I was told my hips were too big and no one would book me for the job with hips like mine! Thankfully I’ve moved agencies to Brazen and they’ve only ever said kind words about my looks and personality. Over the years I’ve learnt that with self love , you blossom. Learning to love those hips because they look great in swimwear shoots, even though you don’t fit into jeans. Learning to love the stretch marks on your backside because reality is, every woman has them. Every woman has insecurities. Of course some days you don’t get booked for a job because your measurements aren’t exactly what they wanted and yes, some days you get a bit upset about that.
If you weren’t modelling, what other career you would pursue?
I’ve never really been interested or passionate about another career! If I had to choose I’d say either a make up artist or making jewellery, which are two totally different things! I didn’t do too well in school, mostly because I started modelling and wasn’t interested in life after the glamour.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in a shoot?
I’m lucky enough to mostly shoot commercial which is the fake smiling/laughing, happy and fun shoots! Which involve getting on giant inflatable pool toys in the middle of winter in an ice cold pool! Editorial looks (resting bitch face) I’ve had glitter in my mouth... and other places where glitter shouldn’t be, lube in my hair, I can’t even remember. Every shoot is different, you never fully know what you’re walking into! Crazy in a bad way, I remember walking into a shoot when I was 16 and the photographer asked me to take my shirt off... thank god Mum was still in the carpark!
I see you do work for a lot of local businesses - it’s so great to see you supporting small. Are these types of shoots different when compared to those with larger companies? What do you like about them?
I love shooting for small business! Helping out businesses on the Mornington Peninsula makes me feel good.In Mornington alone I’ve shot for Maaemo, Hair & Me, The Labratory, Main St Collective, Herman, Aurelia, Chain Social, Wedding HQ... the list goes on!
What is your skin care routine?
Oooooooo I love skincare! I’m lucky enough to be sent a HEAP of skincare products in PR. I never allow my skin to get used to a product so I’m always changing my cleansers, exfoliators, face moisturisers and serums. Every morning I’ll use a cleanser, my favourite at the moment is by a local brand Maaemo! Then I’ll spray Mario Badescq green tea, then I’ll add a face moisturiser. Night time I’ll cleanse using a different cleanser, tone, moisturise. If my skin is feeling dry then I’ll add a serum, oil and eye cream at nighttime and every 2-3 days I’ll exfoliate! I NEVER use any products that are tested on animals!
What does an average day in the life of Frankie Evans look like?
There’s no such thing as an average day because no two days are the same! On a day off (which rarely happens) I always start my day with F45 Dromana, the good vibes there sets my mood for the day, then I’ll go out for a smoothie at my favourite vegan cafe, Wombat. If I don’t go for a smoothie I’ll see a friend for lunch or go op shopping with my partner! I always have emails to reply to and boring house work! Oh and I love taking my boxer dog for a walk! Normally I’d have a casting, meeting or photoshoot on which takes up a lot of the day driving to the city and back!
What’s your daily mantra?
I honestly don’t have one! Maybe just to find happiness in small things, like a dog wagging its tail hahaha!
Where is your favourite spot (cafe, restaurant or place) on the Mornington peninsula?
My go to cafe really depends on what I’m feeling! Açai bowl from nutrition 6 in Frankston or Soul Press (can’t go wrong), or if I feel like something extra I love Winey Cow! My favourite dinner spot, anything with pasta or Japanese food, I’m obsessed! For scenery, Flinders way is so, so beautiful!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Fries!!!! Anything with potato, cheese, shapes, rebel donuts, chocolate, mojito, pizza, ice cream! I honestly love junk food! Don’t listen to me!! Eat healthy!!!!!
What is your fitness routine?
I’ll try go to F45 Dromana at least 5 times a week! I’d love to get into pilates again but F45 and walking my dog makes me happy!
Has there ever been a time when you contemplated quitting? If so, what was happening at the time that made you consider this?
Soooo many times! There’s so many models out there and so much competition! It’s hard to get work and therefore can be a very bitchy industry. The day passes and if you’re true to yourself you’ll wake up the following day and remember why you love the work you do.
If you could tell seven year old Frankie one thing, what would it be?
Don’t get addicted to junk food.
What’s your go-to shop for clothes on the peninsula?
I rarely have time to go into a shop but when I do I’d say Aurelia or Jac n Jean.
If there is one thing you would want other girls to know about the modelling industry, what would it be?
You have to go into it with a strong mind set, it’s NOT an easy job, it’s NOT just standing in front of a camera, it’s so exhausting, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Catch Frankie on socials, by heading to @frankieevanss on Instagram.
Thank you so much for your time Frankie- it was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with you, and I will be sure to keep an eye on your future successes.