Top Quotes from Erin O’Connor

By | July 24, 2017

I lead a very busy life and don’t have a lot of time, so my skincare needs to be easy and portable.

Erin O’Connor

My perfect bag would be practical but also have the stylish element to it; it would be bold and colourful. I would actually be able to open and close it. That would be a first.

Erin O’Connor

I’m utterly androgynous, and I truly love it. It’s been part of my identity for so long. I’ve never been that pretty girl, and I wouldn’t want to be.

Erin O’Connor

It makes me cross when I hear people say, ‘It’s so last season.’ I always say, ‘It’s vintage.’

Erin O’Connor

My hair is an untidy bob. I am very dark, but I embellish the roots because I am white in one clump.

Erin O’Connor

It’s not about hiding your imperfections on a shoot; it’s about embracing them and being unapologetic about them.

Erin O’Connor

I’ve enjoyed many camping holidays with my sister and her children, but we’re pretty posh campers.

Erin O’Connor

The Model Sanctuary is not about self-indulgence – it’s about reminding and allowing them to become self-sufficient human beings. I wanted to alert people to the fact that we’re not the victims, but nor are we the villains. We want fair practice and positive, sustainable change, working with the fashion industry, not against it.

Erin O’Connor

I think most models fear growing old, but from a tender age I had always chosen to play someone grown up. I am slowly but surely catching up with the people that I have spent the last decade and a half trying to portray.

Erin O’Connor

I love the physicality of my job and how my mind and body are most happy when I’m expressing and moving. My face was always secondary to body alignment and the dynamism of making a moment come alive.

Erin O’Connor

The great outdoors is a theme with me; a walking holiday in Scotland is perfect – Culloden and the forests of Aviemore are both favourites.

Erin O’Connor

I am concerned about ageism and the loss of beauty – the perception that as you grow older, you ‘lose your looks,’ which I think is diabolical.

Erin O’Connor

When I was at primary school, we had this theory that if you ate an egg, it meant you’d get pregnant and give birth to a chicken or another egg. It was something we dared together. I avoided eggs for years, but now they’re my favourite food.

Erin O’Connor

As a small child, me and my pals fantasised about one day owning an ice-cream van. To have ice creams on demand would have been a dream come true.

Erin O’Connor

I’m too diplomatic. I tend to edit my mind before I speak – it can be incredibly draining.

Erin O’Connor

As I began to get a deeper understanding of the vital life-saving work Save the Children does, I felt compelled to help in any way I could. This is about safe-keeping, inspiring and empowering a future generation – to facilitate them to make their own lives a little bit better.

Erin O’Connor

I am aware it’s easy and may be fashionable to pose with a slum child, and the irony of getting the media along means that it can come across as disingenuous. But you take these things on board, and you hope you mean it whenever you get stuck into something.

Erin O’Connor

There are great slender models, great tall models, Amazonian models, great busty models – my point is models of all shapes and sizes, age, ethnic background should be embraced and celebrated.

Erin O’Connor

I understood early on that I was not the best-looking girl in the room. But I knew my advantage was a hard work ethic and I was ambitious: I knew I could be a great model.

Erin O’Connor

I’ve been on both sides: the victim and the villain. I was the victimised model, and everything from my weight to my fertility was held up for discussion. And then I was the person that could garner some kind of positive outcome, by taking on the role of vice chairman of the British Fashion Council and becoming an activist of body image.

Erin O’Connor

Fear has been my biggest friend. Fear of the unknown. Whenever I’ve been afraid, I’ve been very self-protective.

Erin O’Connor

I seem to disappoint people a bit. They want the full regalia – but I don’t walk around in a corset the whole time.

Erin O’Connor

In my career, which has been fairly two-dimensional, people make decisions based on your persona.

Erin O’Connor

The model sanctuary was borne of a complex, political, societal debate. It was proposed to us from various bodies that we give models medicals once a year, and if they didn’t pass that medical, there’s a chance they’d legally lose their right to work.

Erin O’Connor

Someone once referred to modeling as being like winning the lottery gene pool. It’s such an odd way to put things, but what is different about modelling is that the industry often picks you.

Erin O’Connor

As a model, part of my job is to be critiqued physically.

Erin O’Connor

Fashion is intoxicating, and it plays a part in all of our everyday lives. A lot of people use it as a form of escape, of realising a fantasy, and in some ways that becomes an unobtainable norm.

Erin O’Connor

With high fashion, it’s a performance. You’re trying to interpret a fantasy in a very physical way, and you really are playing a character. I’ve played men, dead people, famous people, historical icons, and it’s no mean feat. It’s quite an insular experience even though the crowd is in front of you and there’s an expectation.

Erin O’Connor

A girl must have an indefinable magic, real character, a strong sense of self. Her role is to respond to the brief of a photographer or communicate the vision of a designer – while making whatever she does look utterly effortless and whatever she wears utterly seamless.

Erin O’Connor

I take my mentoring responsibilities very seriously.

Erin O’Connor

I’ve worn a lot of humdingers in my time, but as a model it’s my duty – my responsibility – to bring life to any garment. That can be challenging when it comes to high fashion, where the creations can be very eccentric, but I’ve gained a reputation for being the go-to girl who can pull it off.

Erin O’Connor

New York is on a grid system, so it’s slightly less challenging logistically, but Londoners are more relaxed in their selling approach. With that intense shopping service in New York, it’s easy to get carried away and make a wrong purchase. Here, there’s a different flow. You are left to explore, and individuality is key.

Erin O’Connor

I’m like a tourist when I’m in London.

Erin O’Connor

The ‘Best of British’ is a positive thing that’s bandied around, but also it’s applied pressure to our country in terms of economic growth. I think we’ve always felt the rest of the world is so much more powerful in terms of being commercially viable, but we can take great pride in our level of creativity.

Erin O’Connor

We won’t get economic growth if we don’t look after our mothers and the potential of the next generation. They need to be prioritised.

Erin O’Connor

My plan growing up was to leave home and try not to panic. I always knew that to strive to be self-sufficient was an important ambition.

Erin O’Connor

I’ve been cycling ever since I was a kid. I remember taking my cycling proficiency test aged seven – I got to school at 7:30 A.M. to practise, I was so nervous. After that, I always cycled to school.

Erin O’Connor

Cycling is a great way to learn about your city. I love being outdoors, especially in good weather, but I’m not a fair weather cyclist. I’m happy to get a red nose in the cold.

Erin O’Connor

Caution is the key to safe cycling. I’m aware that cars are bigger than me, but I feel quite safe. I’m in control, liberated and free, when I’m on my bike.

Erin O’Connor

When I was 13 or 14, my parents had a bit of a windfall so bought a lovely new kitchen, but I burnt it down. I was making cheese on toast when flames escaped from the grill. My father stopped the fire with blind panic and excessive water. I was forgiven, but it put me off cooking for years.

Erin O’Connor

For my last meal, I’d want an Irish breakfast with soda bread and one of my dad’s omelettes with three or four eggs.

Erin O’Connor

In my job, I am portrayed as a misfit, a grandiose high fashion lady or an unearthly creature. At home, it’s important I can look in the mirror, strip away the disguise and be comfortable with who stares back.

Erin O’Connor

I want to show that we all have the right to be ourselves, and I certainly don’t want to freeze time.

Erin O’Connor

I am rubbish at the gym. I prefer to exercise by moving around – it doesn’t matter whether I am dancing on a Friday night or on my bike getting from A to B.

Erin O’Connor

I love the sun, but we don’t get on at all; it doesn’t agree with my Celtic tones. I also like nothing better than putting on a big ski jacket and feeling the wind in my face.

Erin O’Connor

In my work, I’m called to a job at the drop of a hat, so I like a sense of order to my holidays, and holding a map makes me happy.

Erin O’Connor

My job is to sell clothes to very rich women.

Erin O’Connor

When you’re physically growing up, you develop emotionally with that.

Erin O’Connor

I would say I live half in New York and half in Claridge’s. How decadent! How hysterical!

Erin O’Connor

How awful to be a perfect beauty! How confusing! God. Can you imagine?

Erin O’Connor

When I first began modeling, I was very conventional looking. I had hair down to my waist in a side parting – almost church-like. But beneath the sheath of hair lay this Amazonian, strong-looking frame.

Erin O’Connor

My story wasn’t one of those cliched stories of being an ugly duckling, I had a pretty good time at school. But then I think being six foot by the age of 15 meant that I couldn’t help but be noticed, and that was when my physical being felt quite painful – I could not any longer walk into a room without being noticed.

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