In conversation with | Amy Czarnecki, model and student

Amy Czarnecki [Select Model Management]

Having modelled for Burberry, Armani and ASOS, you’d think Amy Czarnecki would have her head in the clouds.

However, the 18 year-old fashion journalism student from Liverpool keeps her feet firmly on the ground.

She balances her glamorous model life with her rather mundane university life – whilst still finding the time to fuel her shoe addiction.

At what age did you have your first professional photo shoot and who was it for?

I did a shoot for Littlewoods when I was 16. It was really cute because there were a few other girls there that I got on well with and they looked after me.

My agency paid for me to stay in a nice hotel in Bloomsbury as I was still living in Liverpool at the time.

They took us between locations in a Winnebago which we used to get changed in and they even took us bowling because they literally just wanted to shoot us having fun! It was a really great first experience.

How were you scouted and where?

I was scouted on a school trip to the Clothes Show in Birmingham. I was so shocked because I genuinely never thought of myself as a model!

What do you like most about modelling?

I like to be able to see the aspects of creativity that go into shoots as they are happening. You don’t often think about these things when you look at a fashion image and there’s so much more going on behind the scenes. It’s nowhere near as glamorous as people think.

What do you dislike about it?

You have to wait around a lot, and travelling from casting to casting takes up a lot of time too. I enjoyed it at first but now it can just get tedious and tiring.

Do you have any other aspirations for after your modelling career?

Obviously being a fashion journalism student I would like to do something with that. I think I’m lucky that fashion journalism and fashion photography are closely linked. I’ve learnt so much from modelling about the fashion industry and it’s really helped me with my university work.

What is a typical day like as a model?

For me it’s about balancing being at Central St Martins and modelling so lots of days I’ll go straight from class to a few castings and then spend the rest of my day doing the work I have to catch up on. It’s full on but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Did you ever imagine yourself to have this success at such a young age?

I certainly didn’t imagine I’d be able to buy as many shoes as I have…[laughs]

What shows are you walking in for fashion week?

I’m not sure yet as the castings are only a few days before fashion week, so it’s all pretty last minute! Although, I have been put forward for a few names which can’t be revealed yet. Watch this space!

Favourite designer to work for?

Saint Laurent! I love their most recent collection. I actually just treated myself to some silver sparkly boots — they’re amazing!

Do you have any jobs approaching that we should look out for?

Well, all I can say is keep your eyes peeled for any billboards, I’ll be up there but I can’t tell you what for just yet.

Featured image: Select Model Management