Q&A with model Sammy Allsop
Updated: May 19
Model and former Made in Chelsea star, Sammy Allsop shares her advice on approaching the modelling world, how she became a MIC cast member and what she is doing to keep busy in lockdown.
Please can you tell me a bit about yourself and what you do for a living?
Of course, I’m Sammy, a London based fashion model currently working in Sydney. I’ve been modelling for four years and went full time last year after finishing my degree.
How did you get in to modelling?
I was scouted on Instagram. At first I thought it could be a scam so I ignored it but after a long shift at the student bar I realised it was time for a change. So I went with a friend to the casting to be safe and it all escalated from there really!
What advice would you give to young girls & boys who are wanting to get in to the modelling industry?
Don’t spend money on a portfolio before signing with, or at least consulting, an agency. You don't need professional photos to be signed. They simply want to see your natural gorgeous selves first! Secondly confidence and self belief is key. Be yourself. It’s very easy to shape yourself to an industry rather than use your differences to stand out.
Are you still on Made in Chelsea?
I managed to book a three month work transfer to Australia so unless they want to do Made in Sydney I’m afraid I’m not in next season.
What was your favourite part about filming MIC?
Although it can get intense at times, the laughs I’ve had during filming and the people I’ve met are irreplaceable… it’s a shame you guys will never see the outtakes. Also, challenging myself to be vulnerable and emotionally open in front of a full camera crew and the general public was actually really useful for me growing as a person.
How did you become a MIC cast member?
Ok - so to be fair this is a strange one! I was actually in the library one day in Durham and received a Facebook message from their casting agents about appearing in a scene.... I knew Eliza (Eliza Batten) from my uni was also filming so it seemed legitimate. I decided revision did need a bit of spicing up so I responded. Next thing I knew I had a call from a lawyer and contracts were exchanged - then boom! I was on a train to London and didn’t look back! It was a bit difficult to travel from the North of England to London four times a week during finals but I now do recommend train journeys as the perfect dissertation writing time.
What is your favourite thing about working in the fashion world?
Definitely traveling. The places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met through jobs are the best part of this industry. I’m so grateful to have been able to travel around the world with like minded creatives.
Do you have any favourite fashion trends at the moment?
The pandemic has effected all forms of business, fashion is no exception. Everyone is having to think outside the box and I’ve noticed that brands I’m still working with/wearing right now are definitely trying to get creative with the comfort aspect of their clothing.
"Who knows, maybe loungewear and comfort will now be the new starting blocks for haute couture once lockdown is over."
I’m also hoping that the turn over of fashion trends and the need for mass production might slow down slightly now that the industry has had to take a breather. Wardrobe swapping and getting creative with clothes I already have has definitely become my lockdown trend.
REINVENTION RATHER THAN REPLACEMENT.
How are you coping under the current lockdown rules?
It has been slightly different for me as I am currently based in Australia. I managed to get back from Bali to Sydney just before the borders closed! I quarantined here with my flatmate who is a high fashion photographer and we have actually been super busy!
We realised having a model and photographer under the same roof meant that we could shoot for brands who are still needing content during this climate from our home in isolation. So we set up a home studio. We had stylists on FaceTime and brands shipping their new lines so we’ve been getting down to business.
What exciting campaigns are you working on at the moment?
Well... a TV commercial for Stylerunner that we shot in our back garden has actually just aired this second in Australia and New Zealand - we even managed to get our dog Peach in it so keep an eye out!
"There are definitely exciting things to come!"
Image credits to Sammy Allsop - follow her on instagram @sammyallsop