Interview: Catching up with Elle Brittain

Elle Brittain by Derek Henderson for Oyster

Just under a year ago, we introduced you to up-n-coming Melbourne-based model, Elle Brittain. In the last 12 months, her reputation has continued to flourish. You’ll have seen her in the likes of Oyster and Russh Magazine, along with campaigns for Bonds and Wheels & Dollbaby. We thought it was high time we caught up with her to find out how she’s been doing since we last spoke:

Hey Elle! Thanks for taking the time to do another interview with us. What have you been up to so far today?
Hey Something You Said! You’re too welcome. So, today I had interviews via Skype with a couple of overseas agencies

Elle Brittain for Wheels and DollbabyIt’s been a year since we last spoke. In that time you’ve gone from being an up-n-coming new face to an increasingly established and respected model on the Australian scene, and have done lots of amazing shoots, campaigns and editorials. It must have been an exciting year for you. Has there been one particular highlight? A standout moment?
Every moment has been so crazy, but my craziest would have to be right now, looking at how far I’ve come, from where I was.

Can you tell us about some of the memories that have stood out for you over the past year… such as shoots, events, or things that have occurred away from modelling?
I had so much fun with my latest campaign/lookbook for Wheels and Dollbaby, which was shot in Perth. I also recently spent three weeks working in Auckland. That was so chilled. Then a week holidaying in Fiji with my partner and her family was my favourite!

Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet been to, and would you ever consider relocating overseas permanently?
I’m excited for anywhere this crazy ride takes me. There’s a few different countries I would like to spend some time in, so fingers crossed there’s more overseas jobs to come. But I think Australia will always be home.

Elle Brittain for Yen by LAUREN DIETZEelle brittain heart of gold

As your modelling profile continues to grow, have you had any surreal experiences? Have you hung with any celebs or been recognised doing your shopping in Woolworths? Anything like that?
I have never experienced either situation. I would get too embarrassed and shy away. I think seeing yourself in windows of shops and billboards… that’s pretty surreal, right?

Elle Brittain by Drew WheelerHave you discovered any downsides to modelling? If so, what are they and how do you deal with them?
There’s downsides to everything, but the hardest thing for me to deal with would have to be having hair and makeup done. It’s too relaxing and makes me want to fall asleep.

What advice would you give to models who are just getting started in the industry?
Just appreciate everything you do. So many young girls look up and aspire to be a ‘model’. Don’t forget where you come from, ever.

You were scouted through Instagram. Did you always want to be a model or was it something that you hadn’t really thought much about until the opportunity arose?
It has always been something I wanted to do, I just didnt think I had the potential, so I never chased it. I am too lucky that the opportunity came to me.

Last time we spoke you said that, away from modelling, you want to have a successful career in real estate. Is that still the case, or have your aspirations changed in the past 12 months?
I would still love to go into property management and that is what I intend to do if I decide to do anything other than this.

What music have you been listening to over the last year?
Literally everything. My girlfriend is a musician.

Elle Brittain by Akila Berjaoui

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If we speak again in a year’s time, where do you see yourself? Do you even think that far ahead, or are you more focused on living in the moment?
I’m more focused on the moment now and I’ll just see where each moment takes me.

What are you going to do now you’ve finished this interview?
Relax, maybe go for a walk or maybe even fall asleep for a quick nap, haha!

Elle Brittain by Derek Henderson for Oyster Magazine

Elle is represented by Finesse Models Australia, IMG ModelsClyne Models and Scene Model Management

You can keep up to date with everything Elle has got going on by following her on Facebook and by keeping an eye on her Instagram

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Interview by Bobby Townsend. For photo credits click the individual pictures.