At Home With: Olivia Thornton

From being discovered in 2009 on the Gold Coast, walking runways in fashion capitals of the world & being photographed by fashion royalty, our Olivia Thornton has done a few things that your average 21year old hasn’t. 
So we decided to catch up with our beauty whilst she was at home (for a hot mintue) to learn more about the Olivia that’s described as “Witty, ambitious and a little bit weird”
(photographer: Romain Duquesne)
What was your first modelling job?
 My first paid job was a hair campaign I shot in Brisbane when I was 17. I still remember being like a deer in headlights on set, thankfully the photographer on the day, the incredibly talented Israel Rivera, was very encouraging. I still think he taught me almost everything I know now.
Who would you love to work with in this industry?
 I’m incredibly thankful that I’ve already worked with someone I admire (Hedi Slimane) but I’d love to work with Alexander Wang.
What’s your favourite place your job has taken you to?
 A couple of years ago I got to visit Florence in Italy for a job, which was absolutely breathtaking. Fortunately I had enough spare time to wander around the markets and the little backstreets, and along the canal! It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go so I feel so fortunate to have been able to do so.
The person whose style you wish you could steal?
 My style varies quite a bit so this is a tough one to answer! Some days I love to dress clean and chic a la Alexa Chung, others more grungey and undone like Daria Werbowy or Erin Wasson. However recently I did find myself taking an embarrassingly large number of fashion cues from the cast of Saved By The Bell…
What’s been your most memorable work moment to date?
 Being photographed by Hedi Slimane, walking for Saint Laurent and my continued work for the label over the past year has me feeling very lucky (and kinda cool)
What city is home away from home?
 Whenever I go to Paris I feel as though I’ve come home. I have some extremely close friends there and I’ve gotten to know the city really well. I feel super accomplished that I can now mostly get around on foot without a map.
Favourite home cooked meal?
 My Dad makes an awesome seafood pasta!
The one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
 I have a pair of the RM Williams boots that Dion Lee used in his show last year. I wear them all the time!
Last big purchase you made?
 Does an expensive naturopath and acupuncture session count?
Favourite song right now?
 I can’t narrow it down to one, but I’ve been listening to heaps of Thee Oh Sees and Mac DeMarco lately.
Ideal vacation destination?
 The Greek Islands, ever since I was about 13. Still haven’t made it there!
On a Friday night, where can we most likely find you?
 Depends which city I’m in! 
If I’m in Sydney, probably at a friends house or at a bar. If I’m in Paris, I’ll be at my favourite bar in the Marais with my dear French friends drinking whiskey. If I’m in New York, probably out for dinner or having a dinner party with friends!
Beach or poolside?
 Always beach. I need the ocean.
Favourite model right now?
 Sarah Pauley, only because she’s my best friend in the whole universe. And she’s incredibly beautiful, of course.
Brothers and sisters?
 22 year old sister, 19 year old brother. 
Coffee or tea?
 I want to say tea but I love a good coffee. Both?
Favourite spot in Sydney to eat out?
 I love Bar Indigo in Double Bay, Kawa on Crown St and Corelli’s in Newtown for breakfast; West Juliett in Marrickville, The Grounds in Alexandria and Watson’s Bay Hotel in Watson’s Bay for Lunch; and Sushi Suma and The Winery in Surry Hills for dinner. Amongst others! Too tough to narrow it down.
How do you keep fit?
 My primary mode of transport is my own two feet. I love few things more than getting around whichever beautiful city I’m in on foot, listening to music and taking in the sights. Apart from that I like to run, swim and do the occasional yoga class. I also eat lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. And of course I treat myself occasionally!
How would your friends describe you?
 Energetic, witty, ambitious, and a little bit weird. 

Meet The Models: Olivia Thornton & Sarah Pauley, on

Sarah Pauley and Olivia Thornton are two babes who are joined at the hip. One’s a natural red head and one dyes her hair. One’s outgoing and one’s a little shyer. They both love watching TVs shows in bed, hanging at the beach and drinking coffee. Sarah Rugg hung out with the BFF’s and they tried on pieces from Hayley Elsaesser and House of Cards. Then we got them to talk a bit about each other.”
Jerico Mandybur: Sarah, what’s you first memory of Olivia? First impressions?
Sarah: I first laid eyes on Olivia Thornton in early 2011. It was a cool day I remember, a mild yet windy 18 degrees. We had just jumped off a plane in Melbourne and were in a taxi to the LMFF fittings! I hated Olivia at first! She was outspoken and had some very witty things to say! I thought to myself, “Who is this girl, she shouldn’t have all this confidence!” Haha obviously my thoughts have changed slightly since that day!
Olivia: I remember being mildly terrified as I hadn’t been modelling for long and didn’t know anyone I was about to spend the week with. At first, I was taken by Sarah’s height, and also heartened by the fact she seemed to be about the same age as me. Our first encounter was when we got chatting backstage during a break in shows and she asked to come back to my hotel room to do a wee. We got a pizza on the way, cooked it in my apartment and bonded pretty much straight away!
What do you guys like doing for fun?
We live together, so every day is like a teenage sleepover, in which silly shenanigans (twerking, speaking to each other in foreign accents) ensue. Even though we have separate rooms sometimes we end up chilling out in bed together watching films and laughing at dumb shit on the internet. We’re more or less a married couple. We also can’t go past a good weekend boogie. We’re also big fans of the beach, lazing in the sunshine, going on long treks together and hanging out with our gang of boy mates and watching lots of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations in our friend Mitch’s bedroom.
 Any favourite hang out spots or things you like to do?
We live close to Sydney’s Redleaf beach, which is definitely a staple hang out spot, along with Mary St Cafe in Surry Hills with our other lady pals.  
What’s the weirdest/funniest thing the other person has said?
Olivia: Sarah says a lot of hilarious shit but I think the other day she asked me if John Lennon was “that politician that was assassinated.” 
Sarah: Olivia has an obsession with relating real life scenarios back to The Simpsons. I swear she’s watched every episode made!
Olivia: You better believe that’s a paddlin’.
What’s the smartest thing the other person has said?
Olivia: Sarah always tells me to date nice guys for once. 
Sarah: This girl is so intellectual. She is always quoting articles she reads on the internet so I’m always learning new things everyday! 
Any annoying habits that you’d like to call the other person out for?
Olivia: I always leave a bunch of clothes behind when I go overseas, and Sarah likes to raid them and claim them as her own! But I don’t really mind.
Sarah: She never runs for the bus! The amount of times I’ve ran and made it and she is taking her sweet time walking! She never runs! I won’t talk to her till the next bus comes. Or maybe the fact she starts every sentence with “I read this article the other day…” I mean how true are all these articles on Buzzfeed m8?
What’s the best thing about being redheads?
Olivia: I’m not a true redhead, so I can’t answer that question with complete accuracy, but I’ll say the best thing would be having the potential to look like Sarah.
Sarah: I am the true redhead, she tries to copy me! I love standing out and copping redhead jokes all the time i.e ‘Fanta Pants’ and ‘Ranga.’ 
If your friendship was a song, what would it be?
Olivia: ‘Friends’ – Band Of Skulls
Sarah: ‘We Can’t Stop’ – Miley Cyrus
Photography/Styling: Sarah Rugg