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Amanda Wellsh

Brazilian beauty Amanda Wellsh talks career highlights and shares her favourite hotels and restaurants with H&M Life. Oh, and there is some life advice in here, too.

Amanda Wellsh opening for Gucci SS14, Getty Images.

Amanda Wellsh’s career-defining moment came in 2014, when Gucci chose her as an exclusive for the SS14 Milan Fashion Week. Opening and closing one of the most prestigious shows; Wellsh was suddenly the new it-model. But she was no newcomer. 

Amanda Wellsh was discovered at the age of 14, when she was approached by a local agent in her Brazilian home town Patos de Minas. Wellsh wanted to focus on finishing school and only modelled occasionally, and didn’t launch her international career until she moved to Sao Paolo to attend the university. However, she continued to fly under the radar. When the big break came (after walking Gucci in Milan, Wellsh followed up with Chanel, Balmain and Dries van Noten in Paris), Amanda Wellsh already had that confident, grown woman swag that we love so much. 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…  
”I can’t pick a favourite, but I will name a few who I admire and who have inspired me throughout my career: Steven Meisel, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, David Sims, Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti, Katja Rahlwes, Giampaolo Sgura, Mariano Vivanco, Tom Munro, Ezra Petronio, Sølve Sundsbo, Will Davidson – a long list but each one of them have created so many iconic images . I have to mention them all.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER… 
”All the amazing people I’ve met and had a chance to work with, and all the fantastic places I get to see.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS… 
”With Mert and Marcus for the SS14 Gucci campaign and definitely being exclusive for Gucci for the season. Working with [former creative director] Frida Giannini was amazing too.”

THE MUSIC THAT ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS… 
”Lana Del Rey. It depends on the mood for the shoot, but I really like her.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
”Writing! I love to write.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
”Kate Moss.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I… 
”Use ocean spray.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS… 
”Listening to music.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS… 
”That I can do 100 things at the same time… A true Gemini!” 

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS… 
”Sneakers and shorts.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…  
”Sleep. Sleeping for many hours. I haven’t had lots of sleep lately, maybe that’s why.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”Never sleep with makeup on.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…  
”Laucala Island Resort in Fiji.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS… 
”In New York it is Bond Sushi for the truffle tuna tartare... I just love it! And my favourite Brazilian restaurant in town is Casa.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…  
”Tea.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK… 
”My own pillow.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
”Hang out with my friends.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”From my father: wherever you go, never forget where you came from. Humility comes first.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
”Sunglasses!!”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…  
”To always keep going.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO… 
”Have lots of babies.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…  
”Right now, I am binge watching How I Met Your Mother and loving it.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING… 
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS… 
”To be very successful in what I do, to work with people that inspire me and to always have my lovely family with me.”


 

AMANDA WELLSH

CITY: New York/Sao Paolo

AGENCY: IMG Models

DISCOVERED: By a local scout in her home town Patos de Minas. 

INSTAGRAM: @amandawellsh

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