After being inspired by the success of Robyn Lawley, blonde bombshell Bree Warren moved to New York to model. Having modelled for fashion institutions including Asos, Ralph Lauren, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Lorna Jane, Autumn Winter 2016 sees the Australian native front Intimo’s latest lingerie campaign. We spoke to Bree about how to feel amazing in scanties, the changing face of the fashion industry and her fashion pet peeves.
What inspired you to start modelling?
I was scouted quite a few times as a teenager because I was tall and slimmer than I am now but I was always very aware that I would never be super tiny. I have a curvy frame that wasn’t meant for that, no matter how little I ate. It wasn’t until I saw Robyn Lawley in the paper that I realized there was a market for my size. We’re both in the same boat, not small enough for mainstream but often called out for not being plus size enough. I try not to get caught up in all that, my body has always been this way and I have been working non-stop in the last few years so I think things are changing. We’re heading in the right direction.
Being photographed in underwear takes some serious confidence. How do you mentally prepare yourself for a photoshoot?
I spend a lot of time doing swim and lingerie so I just take it as part of my job now. It’s a big percentage of my work overseas. The first few years, I was awkward about it but I think that was more because I didn’t know what do with my body on set. Now I just think of it like being at the beach and I’m much more aware of my angles.
The mental side of things definitely ties in to my physical preparation. I’m so much better mentally if I know I have been healthy and refreshed in the lead up to the shoot. Sometimes my schedule doesn’t work in my favour though. I flew on five straight flights to get from Cuba to Melbourne for the Intimo shoot so that definitely put me to the test both mentally and physically.
We love that Intimo celebrates women of all shapes and sizes, but unfortunately there’s still a bit of negativity out there in the fashion industry. What advice would you give to women who are really struggling with their own body image?
I don’t really think of it as negativity, I think fashion is just getting used to a new era. Things are changing. It is so important for the next generation to see a variety of body types represented in fashion. Struggling with body image should be a thing of the past but unfortunately we’re not quite there yet. That’s what I want to change! We are all created differently and that’s OK. When brands like Intimo have the confidence to book models with different bodies, they are sending a message and women will start to accept their own bodies. It’s a roll on effect.
Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
Do your research and know the game. These days there is work out there for a range of shapes and sizes so why not go to an agency and give it a shot! Good agencies know what to look for and how to get you started.
Intimo’s latest campaign imagery is absolutely stunning. Is there a hero piece from the collection that you took a particular liking to?
There is an amazing black and gold lace bra that has this really cool racerback! I Instagrammed a selfie wearing it on shoot day but I don’t even think it’s out yet. Keep an eye on Intimo for it.
Is there an item of lingerie that every woman should own?
A good strapless and a sexy black set they feel amazing in!
What criteria are you personally looking for when you shop for undergarments?
I have quite a range in my knicker drawer! I like to mix it up but I am outfit specific – I often find myself looking for a specific item to go underneath a new wardrobe piece. I think bras complete the look. I usually buy things that are comfortable, look good and are a little bit sexy. Bras and underwear have to fit well too! There is nothing worse than a bra that cuts in or underwear that rides up.
Are their any new season colour trends that we should be looking out for?
For me, Intimo’s colours this season are on point. They keep it quite neutral but have a bit of fun with it at the same time. I like the maroons, greys and navys.