EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Iona McCabe

Photos courtesy of Iona McCabe We stumbled upon on budding model Iona McCabe's blog and we fell in love with her symmetrical features,...

Photos courtesy of Iona McCabe


We stumbled upon on budding model Iona McCabe's blog and we fell in love with her symmetrical features, especially her eyes.
Read on to find out how to stay picture perfect always and more!


Hi Iona! Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am 18 years old, currently modelling in Seoul. I am half English and half Irish – both cultures I love! In September, I will be back in my home country of England, studying Fashion Journalism at university.

I believe being silly is so important. Of course, there is not always a time and a place, but I hope I bring a good sense of humour to everything I do. Also, I am incredibly clumsy. Sometimes I emphasise this flaw (or quality) on purpose. It does mean I get away with murder most of the time!



How long have you been modelling?
Probably about a year and a half now, but only recently as a profession. There are always new things to learn!

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
I hope to also pursue a career in fashion, and I love the British Vogue website. Bit of a cliché, I know. I find it is great for collecting inspiration. For example, I love looking at the beauty or fashion trends, but I will find a look that works around what I may already own, or what is feasible. This is why I love fashion – there are so many options. Sometimes there will be an article about 10 or so lip colours that have been spotted on the catwalk – each labelled ‘on trend’. I will find a colour I like, or one I own and experiment. I love playing around with trends, but am drawn to looks that are classic and timeless, rather than OTM, as it were.



You've done the hair and makeup for your own photoshoots. Any tips on how to stay picture perfect on a daily basis?
I don’t do my hair and make-up a lot for shoots, but for castings in Seoul, I will leave my hair naturally really curly and keep my make-up natural. Foundation and powder are encouraged, but back home, I will usually get by with a light concealer for daytime. Blusher works better on me than bronzer as I am fair skinned. I have also started leaving my eyebrows natural and not filling them in – I hate the ‘Scouse Brow’ look. If I can be bothered I will wear black mascara and eyeliner on my top eyelids with a 60’s flick. I guess I try and base my look around a china doll.

Who do you dream of working with?
Mario Testino or Steven Mesisel. Although I would love to meet Karl Lagerfeld and I aspire to be like Anna Dello Russo when I am older. She’s so glamorous!



What do you find most fulfilling being a model?
I love getting the chance to meet so many wonderful people. People have such misconceptions of what modelling is like and it is really frustrating. Yes, there are dark sides to it, but I think you have to be a strong enough person to handle constant judgement. I am still learning but I know my look will not be right for every client. In Seoul, most of the models I have met have amazing personalities and are so much fun to be around.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be, and why?
White. It is so pure and elegant. The colour has connotations of wealth and class. It is also a timeless colour and is probably why I like it so much!



Where is the one place on the planet you have dreamed of visiting?
Hawaii or Fiji. My life is never relaxing – something is always going on. I love to be organised but it stresses me out so much. I would love to just relax on a hammock with cocktails for a good month or two. I also need to learn how to surf.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
My initial thought would be to spend it on shoes, bags, clothes etc. but I think I would like to invest it in setting up my own business. I would love to have a Fashion PR agency, or an ethical modelling agency.

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