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Beija Babe Backstage: Rebecca Pearson - Writer / Model

Beija Babe Backstage: Rebecca Pearson - Writer / Model

HOME IS….?

A 1 bed in Forest Hill, which I share with some houseplants.

FAVOURITE BOOK?

I always come back to East of Eden. I’ve read it twice and even though I find the female characters in all of Steinbeck’s books a little one dimensional, I just get so emotionally invested in all of the people he illustrates. I walked along the street reading it, bumping into lampposts the first time I dived in – truly unputdownable!

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

I’m wanting to break into vlogging, but the thought of filming myself by myself gives me conniptions. I tried it and hated it. So I might be working with a great photographer friend and interviewing people in my profession. I certainly love getting the gossip but in doing so, I help educate other models on common pitfalls/ways to succeed in the industry.

MOST UNFORGETTABLE LINGERIE MOMENT GOOD OR BAD?

Has to be my first ever lingerie runway, which I did earlier this year for DeMontford University Contour Fashion Show after 16 years of modelling. All those fears about cellulite/wobbly thighs/wonky boobs disappear when you’re in beautiful lingerie and have no choice but to walk on the catwalk confidently. Plus there were so many different types of bodies on display, it was gratifying to see.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

 I just love making connections with other people. Chatting and learning and plotting; longterm friendships to fleeting meetings – I find they all educate and excite me.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE TAKEN?

Probably going to Bristol University. I was, at that point, earning a lot of money and travelling with modelling, so it seemed silly to head to uni and spend my savings on a sociology degree. I’m so pleased I did though as it taught me how to look at and question the world.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

This is a broad answer but, looking back over the last few years, I’m most proud of getting out of my ‘what will I do after modelling?’ rut and just sitting at my desk and typing away every day until it got me somewhere. Even though it still feels as though I’m floating around and happening upon opportunities that could run out at any time…I graft very hard and care about doing a good job, no matter how big or small. So I’m proud of my work ethic and that I’m carving my own path, with the help and support of those around me.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Oh all my best sayings are always from my Mum. She said, when I started modelling: “Be nice to those on your way up as you never know whether you’ll meet them on your way down.” That stuck with me.  

 BEST LONDON MEAL?

TUPI in Peckham is a gorgeous new café. They do my sort of food: wholesome and homely, colourful and healthy but with enough indulgence too. I went three times in three weeks and everyone I took also loved it! I can’t stand faddy restaurants with small portions that don’t bring you tap water, and I avoid big chains wherever I can.

FAVOURITE LONDON DISCOVERIES?

The Aztec cocktail in Freud’s, just off Neal St. It’s tequila, cacao and tabasco and whenever I take people I make them drink loads. It’s a failsafe date place.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

 I’m not gonna lie, my road is pretty middle class with loads of lovely front gardens. There are still lots of independent places to enjoy in Forest Hill, and plenty of cute cafes. I definitely need green spaces around me and I have a tonne of those, but I’m also near Peckham, which is a buzzy place.

WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN?

My best friend Shirley may be a single mum with a crazy intense job and a very cute but very energetic toddler son but if I give her a call she’ll be up for drinking train vodka (sorry TFL), hitting a karaoke bar, getting chatted up by students a decade younger than us at Freud’s and dancing in The Dolphin til 4. So to answer your question, I definitely ring Shirley when I want to have fun…

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

 I’d love to see Erin O’Connor model in person, though I’d probably feel like a turnip next to her.  

THE STRANGEST THING IN YOUR HANDBAG IS?

A book about octopuses called Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Everyone has to read it! It’s absolutely beautiful and mesmerising and I now want to meet an octopus. But the book gets a few stares when I’m reading it on the train.

 

@1rebeccapearson
Photography @hananoguchi

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