Rose McEvoy reveals the biggest misconception about the modelling industry

Rose McEvoy’s life is so busy, even her days off might make you feel like a slacker. The blonde animal-loving model, in addition to her modelling career, is studying law and language, acts, rides horses, and keeps up with a demanding workout routine. Frankly, we’re surprised the well-rounded swim model had time to sit down with us and discuss her many careers and talents and reveal the most commonly misjudged assumption within the modelling industry. Rose McEvoy

The Chic Edit: When you’re not modeling, you study law and language and act. How do you balance the three areas, and which do you prioritise?

Rose McEoy: It can definitely be a bit tricky balancing modelling, study, acting, and also getting to have a social life as well, but I have learnt to manage! I actually much prefer to be busy and find I am more productive when I have a lot to do—you know what they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person!

I think the secret is just to be organised and keep up to date with everything! I’m also lucky that I don’t necessarily have to strictly prioritise. If I’m having a really busy week with modelling, I am able to catch up on everything else (like study) over the weekend. However, when it comes to exams, I can concentrate on study and the modelling takes a step back. Like I said, it’s all about balance!

CE: Do you see modeling as a long-term career?

RM: I really genuinely love modelling, so it’s even better when it’s your job! I am not entirely sure on where I will go with it. For now, I am just working hard and taking it as it comes. However, I also want to practise law, so I guess the switch over from one career path to the other will be a very big one, but I’m not really sure when that will take place. I honestly believe my legal profession and modelling profession go hand in hand—they both require strict discipline and dedication! So really, they compliment each other. I think I’ll always be involved in the modelling industry. I would miss it too much otherwise!

CE: When you’ve finished schooling, what do you intend to do with your degrees?

RM: As I said, I want to be a practising lawyer, starting out as a solicitor. When considering long term goals. I’d love to be able to work internationally specialising in arbitration and dispute resolution, the beauty of this being I would be able to incorporate my language studies. I speak French fluently, am proficient in Spanish, and also know basic Mandarin, so I would love to be able to use at least one of them in my day to day job! Rose McEvoy

CE: You refer to yourself as an “animal lover” and are passionate about human rights law: do you have plans to combine the two, perhaps working in animal rights activism?

RM: I’ve never actually thought about combining the two! That is certainly an interesting idea and animal rights is definitely a growing legal area. It is certainly possible! At this stage, my aim is to work in human rights, however, I am very open minded and wouldn’t say no to anything. Getting to work in an environment that helps animals would be incredible!

CE: Who are the most important animals in your life?

RM: First and foremost, my miniature dachshund Olli! He is one and a half and is my little fur baby! I love him more than anything! I also hold one of my childhood dogs Louis very close to my heart. He is a miniature poodle who lives at home with my parents in Melbourne. Also, having competed in dressage, I have a few horses that are very special to me. Rich, who is now retired, is the horse I had most success with and also had a very special bond with. Clearly, I could talk about animals all day!

CE: Being passionate about human rights, what are your thoughts on the current social climate, especially considering recent successional terrorist attacks?

RM: Honestly, I am deeply affected by our current global environment. It is just devastating to see what humankind can do to itself. Terrorism, in particular, is something that many people look at in such a black and white way, however its this Manichean attitude that leads to these conflicts occurring, hence, you have a vicious cycle.

Unfortunately, I think terrorism will be an issue our generation is plagued with because there is no simple resolution. Until humans can genuinely accept each other for their differences, whether it be race, religion, social or moral standing, these kinds of problems will keep happening. I don’t have the words to describe the sorrow I have for the thousands of people affected by criminal attacks across the world. One positive thing, however, is the way so many people from many countries are uniting to support one another. 

CE: Given your concentrations within your degree, how do you think you can use your education to better the world, specifically or in general?

RM: I think my biggest strength is my open-mindedness. I have studied multiple languages because I am genuinely interested in foreign cultures and want to learn more about other communities and their differences. I hope that one day all I have learnt from studies and travel can help to better understand cultures that are different from our own.

As I was saying earlier, so many of the world’s issues arise out of not properly understanding what others want or need and applying our own generalised assumptions to the situation. It’s this kind of moral absolutism that needs to be altered. I am certainly not under the impression that I am going to save the world—however, if I can help contribute towards any kind of positive change, I will have achieved my life’s goal.

CE: You’ve won awards throughout your schooling, within equestrian competition, and are studying law—all while juggling two other careers and a fitness routine: what do you believe influenced you to become such an overachiever?

RM: Thank you, that’s very kind. I’ll take that as an enormous compliment! I know the answer to that though: my parents. From a young age, my mum and dad have always taught me to do everything to the best of my ability. So, whether it was making my bed every morning or preparing for VCE exams, I just always tried my best. Even if I wasn’t entirely sure if something was my “forté,” so to speak, I just gave it my all! I find that once you apply this attitude to every aspect of your life, you can achieve quite a bit!

Another big influence is my boyfriend, James. He is a two time world champion and silver and bronze Olympic medallist in 100m freestyle swimming. He is naturally gifted in many ways, but he is also incredibly committed to always giving his absolute best effort. Needless to say, living with him means there is always an abundance of encouragement to not only keep improving myself and my skills, but also to try new things. At the end of the day, it’s just about hard work. I am a firm believer that anyone can achieve anything if they set their mind to it! 

CE: You manage to disprove many negative stereotypes often associated with modeling. What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions about the industry? Which do you find are true?

RM: The biggest misconception is, without a doubt, that the industry is full of shallow, dumb people. The amount of talented, incredible, and hard working people I have met throughout my career is astounding. Of course, you come across some unpleasant people, but no more than in everyday life outside the industry! It’s a really unfair stereotype and I love to disprove it at any chance I can get.

One stereotype that I have found to be true is that health issues (physical and mental) often arise. I have so many friends who are beautiful and talented models, but who have fallen into the trap of thinking they aren’t thin enough. It is a terrible affliction, although I do think this isn’t solely the fault of the fashion/modelling industry, but also the fault of our society in general. So many people are so critical of themselves, and constantly compare themselves to their idols—models, actresses, singers, etc. I, myself, have been guilty of this and still have days where I find myself slipping into these nasty thoughts. However, life should be about celebrating our differences and our strengths rather than highlighting our weaknesses. So yes, health issues (physical and mental) are all too common in the industry. However, I think a lot of people are now aware of this and are trying to help change it. Rose McEvoy

CE: As a potential role model for younger girls, what life advice would you give them?

RM: My advice would be threefold. Firstly, if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it! Whatever it is! Hard work pays off. Secondly, and related to that first point, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Keep working and prove them wrong. In my early days I had so many rejections from the modelling industry and other areas in my life, however, I just kept persisting.

My final piece of advice is to love yourself. This generation is so often told that we are vain and self-obsessed, and this incenses me. So many young boys and girls suffer from horribly low self-esteem which leads to a plethora of issues. Our generation needs to take the time to assess ourselves and not only identify our weaknesses, but also our strengths, and love ourselves for them! Whether they’re physical, mental or emotional. It sounds like such a cliché, however, we are all different, and that’s a beautiful thing. Celebrate it!

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