Issue # 8 Cover Story: Imogen Anthony

Beauté & Body Art: BECCA GILMARTIN

Talent: IMOGEN ANTHONY
Hair: SARAH LAIDLAW
Brow Bleach: JAZZ PAMPLING
Styling: LYDIA-JANE SAUNDERS & ISABELLE LOVE-DACK @ LJS STYLING
Beauty Assistant: Jack Chester
Photography: JARRED STEDMAN
Nails: Miss Betty Rose

Issue # 8 Cover Story: Imogen Anthony

Beauté & Body Art: BECCA GILMARTIN

Talent: IMOGEN ANTHONY
Hair: SARAH LAIDLAW
Brow Bleach: JAZZ PAMPLING
Styling: LYDIA-JANE SAUNDERS & ISABELLE LOVE-DACK @ LJS STYLING
Beauty Assistant: Jack Chester
Photography: JARRED STEDMAN
Nails: Miss Betty Rose

 

Interview by BECCA GILMARTIN

People are not how they appear online. What will nostalgia look like in the future when our present memories are created from online content?
The same question can be asked about personalities on social media. Do we really know them? Is a personality in the modern day a sum of their social media profile?
Laud interviews Imogen Anthony, self-confessed inner-bogan with truckloads of courage to live a life that she loves. She enjoys her femininity in her own creative way. There’s more to this woman than controversial clothing and Maxim covers.

 

Who do you think the public thinks you are?
Society can be small minded and quick to judge people who aren’t afraid of themselves. I used to be extremely self-conscious when I was younger, and finally I came to stage of barely caring. I definitely have my moments though. I’m human and I’m allowed to feel things. But I know what’s real and only fill my circle with those who are supportive. Some people get me and some people don’t, but that’s life I suppose. I like what I do, so if that doesn’t sit well with a someone, well then they aren’t my kind of person. No hard feelings.

What’s something you don’t think the public knows about you that might challenge what they think they know already?
I’m so normal it’s crazy. I don’t need to impress anyone any more, I’m done with my years of caring after growing up early and being semi rebellious on my own accord. I have a hippie panel beater father who does up classic cars. I have a cool mum who raged in the 80’s but was strict on me (for the right reasons), a step dad and two little brothers and a sister who’s currently obsessed with K-pop. I really like to eat bread rolls on their own and sometimes wear socks with thongs (flip flops) around the farm, especially when my dog has stolen a boot and is chewing it somewhere.

You modelled ‘Sandkini’ for Bondi Bather at Sydney Fashion Week. ‘Sandkini’ went viral and you looked so confident walking down the runway in glue, sand, and tape. What really happened backstage?
Yes! I was super nervous as I had never done anything like that before! I was scared, I had moments of self-doubt, I mean who wouldn’t with nothing but a slither of glue covering your bits? But the team I was working with helped me get my shit together and it turned out to be one of my proudest, most liberating moments. Not something I would do regularly though, and removing the sand was not fun.
Two years ago you launched your fashion label White Trash Royalty. Is that something you’ve always wanted to do?
I enjoy creating and more or less just wanted to show the world I could do something else. I completely furnished and created the WTR line on my own and my fashion empire will be expanding in the near future (stay tuned). Currently, I’m very into looking after my animals. On the flip side of being a farm girl though, fashion is a major part of my life. Creative direction and styling within the music industry is definitely another passion of mine and I think people are just starting to realise how serious I am about it. I don’t just get off on wearing crazy outfits to fashion week, I also get off on the self-expression and the fact that it can inspire others to let go and be themselves. We need that in Australia, we have enough of the others. Let me be.

We know from your social media that you have a farm that keeps on expanding. How and why did it begin, and what are your plans for the future?
Oh it’s mental. We call it the “funny farm”, but I’m not complaining, I’ve always loved animals as I was also raised on a farm. I changed schools about thirteen times so I’m coast and country, but the country girl will always take over. We all moved down to the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia where my Granny started an Alpaca farm and would show and shear them herself, spin the wool then create things. We’ve always been cruelty free though, as in we would never have chickens to eat them. My mother has ridden horses all her life and taught me from a very young age, so I’ve always had horses. Now I have horses, mini ponies, as well as goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, two alpacas, a bull called T-Bone (who thinks he’s a dog but weighs about two tonne, so running into the house isn’t really an option). Not to mention all the house animals! A lot of them are rescues though as that has kind of become a thing for my partner and I, we just kind of fell into it, but I love it and hope to expand the rescue part of it more in the future. I just get so damn emotional over animals! So, in a nut shell, they have officially taken over my life, yes.

What’s your relationship with PETA and why is it important to you?
When Peta contacted me about doing a campaign, I was so excited, but also disappointed at the same time knowing that the fur industry was still so prominent. It’s horrible. The fur industry, as is animal cruelty industry, is truly barbaric. I actually can’t think about it as it makes me feel physically ill but people must be aware. When we took in T-Bone (our bull that came with the name by the way) we saw him chase his owners of his three year life down the side of the paddock, along the driveway, with tears beading down his face. I’ve never seen anything like it. He was so upset and traumatised, mooing and calling out for hours and then days. I spent enough time with him and gave him some alpacas to play with so he’s happy now. But from that moment on I couldn’t believe that whether animals had emotions or not was still a scientific question. I’ve seen it, and I could never condone cruelty ever again, and that’s why I wanted to work with Peta. Because I was sick of finding out that all the little fluffy key chains and shit that people were putting on their bags were actually cat fur from China. And Yulin (dog meat festival), don’t even TALK to me about Yulin. (Don’t google that by the way unless you want to get upset). Peta is definitely an organisation doing everything it can to spread awareness, not just in the fur industry, and I’m glad I did what I could to help raise awareness.

Nosalgia is this issue’s theme. Has there been a time in your past that you have experience pure happiness when being with animals?
Well, I’ve had animals for as long as I can remember, they’re a huge part of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without them. But there does come a time when the shift starts to happen, meaning animals have a cycle of life too, and their lives aren’t as long as ours. I’ve never really dealt with that too well, death that is, and being on a farm there is a constant shift of animals. When I was younger, more around my mid teenage years, the last thing I wanted to do was be at home. I was always finding the next thing to do because although I loved my farm animals and my personal pets, I resented being on a farm and further away from any of my friends. I was always the first kid on the bus, with nothing to do, in the middle of bum fuck no where. So, for my sanity, I created a social life and caught trains a lot to see friends in nearby towns mainly in Sydney or up the Coast (did I mention I changed schools 13 times?) I was isolated, but the invites kept coming! I remember being at a massive party once and I got a phone call to say that my best, truest friend from when I was one, my cat Snip, had died of old age. My grandmother had found her in the bathroom. I remember sitting with her in the bathroom before I left for this party, thinking this is life and I’ll just go to the party. That was the night she died. I don’t think I had ever dealt with death yet, especially with an animal or someone I had loved so much. After that though, more phone calls would roll through. My dog Penny, then my horse Tammy, and then every other animal I cherished just died on me in a short span of time. So, I guess you could say that’s where this passion for animals was really born. My grandmother still has that farm, and there is so much nostalgia there you could probably feel it without ever have visited before. Sometimes I get sad. I see the windowsill Snip sat on, the fence Penny ran across, or the tree Tammy would stand under, and I close my eyes and it almost feels like they are still there.
I make sure that I never live with those regrets of not being around, ever again. I mean, it screws me up in a lot of ways because I’ll cut overseas trips short with anxiety and fear of not seeing all of my animals. I just love them so much, they fulfil my life so much and I know I am giving them a safe and loving home. I would truly protect them with my life, and never want them to feel as if I’ve left, forgotten or abandoned them, ever. I’m sure I have so many animals around me now to honour my first beloved pets and make sure I am always around for whatever they need. It’s become my treasured passion.

As someone who is deeply connected to the animal world, what are your favourite beauty products?
I love Kat Von D Beauty! Their lip products and eye products are insane. I also love Tarte Cosmetics and Lime Crime eye shadows, but my inner early-2000’s 17-year-old self has recently been getting back into Lush cosmetics as well. They’re delish.

Your shoot with Laud features fake animal tattoos. Do you have a favourite animal?
I remember when asked what animals I would like, I just replied to run wild as I don’t necessarily have a ‘favourite’ animal. I love all things, down to spiders, snakes and the creepiest of crawlies. They were all great, I’m just deeply now considering getting them actually tattooed and will probably have one or two by the time this is published.

Being in a relationship with Kyle Sandilands, you naturally have hung out with an impressive list of celebrities. Have you spent time with anyone who is as passionate about animals as you are?
My girlfriend and tattoo artist Lauren Winzer is very passionate about animals. Cheyenne Tozzi is also a big animal lover and Kyle has had many conversations with Kelly Osbourne about animal cruelty. I love how passionate she is.

How does Kyle feel about your animal family?
Kyle is completely for it as he loves animals himself. But I won’t lie, I have definitely taken things too far, especially within the house with 4 dogs and 4 cats. I adopted another rescue goat from someone’s backyard in Bankstown about a month ago. I keep saying “this is the last one, I swear.”

What change would you like to see in the world and what are you going to do about it?
Something needs to be done about Equality. It’s ridiculous it is still even an issue in 2017. Racism, gender and all it’s umbrellas. I am so pleased we now have Marriage Equality in Australia. I encouraged everybody to Vote YES! Of course I would also love the world to find a more sustainable way of living rather than mass killing animal produce, though I don’t necessarily know how that could happen in this day and age. And Yulin. Screw Yulin. That dog festival must be stopped, but again, I’m not sure how.

Finally, if you only had one mantra to live by, what would it be?
If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Follow Imogen @imogen_anthony
https://www.wtrbyimogenanthony.com/