Danielle Hayes, model & muse
Danielle Hayes, from the humble beginnings of a small town in rural New Zealand to the international catwalk. Danielle’s journey began by being selected to compete in New Zealand’s Next Top Model back in 2010, in the process won the coveted Covergirl contract, and all of this, the result of a dare from her friends.
Since leaving New Zealand for New York, she hasn’t stopped – walking for fashion world luminaries such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens, mavericks in their own right.
We managed a quick chat with Danielle before she jets off to her next big assignment.
Tell us about the last completely awesome thing you did?
Climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town with no ropes or any proper climbing gear.
Tell us about your experience working with Rick Owens?
It was a blast! Rick is a creative visionary. There is no one like him out there. He keeps pushing the boundaries – making us think about fashion in new ways. That’s what makes this industry so interesting, there's always an element of surprise.
What do you do to keep fit - both physically & spiritually?
Physically I eat right and pay attention to my diet. I don't really go to the gym. I prefer yoga and I do like to take yoga classes when I can and wherever they’re available on my travels. An important part of my schedule is meditation which I practice every evening.
What is your skincare routine like?
Three times a week I do a cucumber peel mask, I exfoliate my body every evening, and nourish it with coconut oil. I try to keep my regime simple because really if it were anymore complicated then that I wouldn't bother hahaha.
What's the best professional lesson you ever learned?
Always read the fine print - my sister who is a lawyer told me this when I first started to receive contracts.
When you were a kid, what did you think you'd be doing at this age?
Travelling! So I'm living my childhood dream.
A perfect day in your town always includes these three things...
1. Sunshine 2. Good company 3. Laughter
Tungia te ururua Kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke
(Set fire to the scrub that the flax plants may shoot forth young evergreen shoots.)